Washington State Department of Ecology - June 28, 2013

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Comments sought on proposed interim cleanup projects at Crownhill School

BELLEVUE – The Bremerton School District will place one-foot layers of clean soil on parts of the Crownhill Elementary School property, under a proposed plan submitted to the Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology). The interim cleanup project does not involve play or athletic areas.

Ecology and the school district seek public comment on different documents related to the proposed project, called an "interim action"

The district proposes to install a geotextile fabric and one foot of clean soil at two areas:

In both areas, soil that contains lead above state cleanup levels has been found one foot or more below the surface. As a precaution, the project would result in a minimum of two feet of clean soil covering these two areas.

At the completion of this interim action project, all areas with lead in soil above state cleanup levels will be covered with at least two feet of clean soil or a paved surface.

The district made its proposal under terms of a legal agreement signed with Ecology in 2010. Under this agreed order, the district continues studies needed to plan an eventual overall cleanup of the property.

Copies of the interim action plan and DNS are available for review at:

To submit comments:

The school at 1500 Rocky Point Road in Bremerton occupies the site of a former sand and gravel mine. It was later used as a landfill for municipal and industrial wastes. The current building, opened in 1996,replaces a 1956 building destroyed in a 1993 fire. Contractors removed contaminated soil, discovered in 1994 during excavation for the new building.

Initial investigations indicate that in play and athletic areas, soil four feet below ground level and deeper contains contamination exceeding state cleanup standards. The contaminants include petroleum products, household waste, lead and industrial solvents.

Contaminated site cleanup forms part of Ecology’s ongoing commitment to prevent and reduce toxic threats to people and the environment.

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Media Contacts:

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

Libby Goldstein, Ecology toxics cleanup program, 425-649-7242, libby.goldstein@ecy.wa.gov

Patty Glaser, Bremerton School District, 360-473-1003, cell 360-536-6252, patty.glaser@bremertonschools.org

For more information:

Crownhill Elementary School cleanup site (https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/gsp/Sitepage.aspx?csid=4487)

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