Washington State Department of Ecology - June 13, 2013

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Ecology invites public comment on proposal to remove Hytec Littlerock cleanup site from Hazardous Sites List

OLYMPIA – The public is invited to comment on a Department of Ecology (Ecology) proposal to deem cleanup of the Hytec Littlerock Fiberglass Debris Landfill and related Bordeaux Dump site complete.

The sites are co-located at 13434 S.W. Halo Kuntux Lane near Littlerock. People can comment on the proposal to consider cleanup of the sites complete and to remove the Hytec Littlerock site from Ecology’s Hazardous Sites List through July 15, 2013.

The Hazardous Sites List consists of sites Ecology has assessed for their risk to human health and the environment. Sites must go through cleanup and meet state standards before Ecology can remove them from the list.

Rebecca Lawson, Ecology’s regional manager for the Toxics Cleanup Program, said:  “Removing a site from the Hazardous Sites List is always a big accomplishment. In this case, some 5,000 cubic yards of contaminated soil was removed and replaced with clean soil – a success that helps protect local drinking water.”

Soil and groundwater at the Hytec Littlerock site was contaminated starting in the mid-1970s with lead, semivolatile organic compounds and naphthalene – a type of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) – from buried fiberglass and polyester resin waste. Another contaminated area, Bordeaux Dump, was found southeast of the fiberglass landfill during the Hytec Littlerock site investigation.

The owners removed contaminated soil and debris from the Hytec Littlerock site, filled the areas with new soil, and sampled soil to make sure the site was clean. They then monitored groundwater for one year and found no contaminants above state cleanup levels.

Documents related to the cleanup may be reviewed at:

People may submit written comments on the proposal to Mohsen Kourehdar, Washington Department of Ecology, Southwest Regional Office, Toxics Cleanup Program, P.O. Box 47775 Olympia, WA 98504-7775. Or contact Kourehdar by phone at 360-407-6256 or email at Mohsen.Kourehdar@ecy.wa.gov.

Ecology must receive written comments no later than 5 p.m. July 15, 2013.  The agency will respond to comments in a responsiveness summary that will be made public.

If cleanup is deemed finished at this time, Ecology also will officially notify the Hytec site owners in writing and then remove the site from the Hazardous Sites List.

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Media Contacts:

Linda Kent, Ecology media relations, (360) 791-9830, linda.kent@ecy.wa.gov

For more information:

Ecology’s Hytec Littlerock Cleanup website (https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/gsp/Sitepage.aspx?csid=277)

Ecology’s Bordeaux Dump Cleanup website (https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/gsp/Sitepage.aspx?csid=178)

Information on polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) (http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/substances/toxsubstance.asp?toxid=25)

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