Open house on groundwater contamination set for June 13

Washington State Department of Ecology - June 6, 2013

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Open house on groundwater contamination set for June 13

BELLEVUE – The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) invites the public to an open house next week in Algona about the ongoing investigation into groundwater contamination that has spread from property in Auburn owned by The Boeing Company (Boeing) into parts of Algona and Auburn.

Ecology directs the investigation, which is conducted and paid for by Boeing. Investigators conduct studies to find the location, size and impacts of this underground contamination, which includes solvent chemicals, primarily trichloroethene (TCE) and vinyl chloride (VC), from past releases.

The open house is from 6 to 9 p.m. June 13, 2013 at the Filipino American Community Hall, 103 6th Ave. N. in Algona. An audience question and answer session will begin at 7 p.m.

People will be able to visit several information displays and meet with experts from Ecology, the Washington Department of Health and Public Health – Seattle and King County. The state and county health agencies are assisting Ecology in assessing the environmental information coming from the various studies.

Each display will focus on recent, current and upcoming studies in Algona, which are part of the overall investigation. People may arrive and depart at any time during the open house. There will be no formal presentation.

Representatives of Boeing, the City of Algona and their environmental consultants also will be available.

Topics available for viewing and discussion during the open house include:

People can sign up for email updates about current and upcoming developments in the investigation. Ecology also maintains updated information online.

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Media contact:

Larry Altose, Ecology news media relations, 425-649-7009, larry.altose@ecy.wa.gov

Robin Harrover, Ecology site manager, 425-649-7232, robin.harrover@ecy.wa.gov

For more information:

Boeing Fabrication Auburn site (https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/gsp/Sitepage.aspx?csid=5049)

Ecology's social media (www.ecy.wa.gov/about/newmedia.html)