Washington State Department of Ecology - December 5, 2013


Comments sought on proposed cleanup for Anacortes site

OLYMPIA – The public is encouraged to comment on proposed plans for cleaning up a site in Anacortes that companies used to distribute petroleum products and other chemicals.

The comment period for the Former Shell Tank Farm site starts Dec. 6 and runs through Jan. 8, 2014. The Washington Department of Ecology is asking for comments on:

The port leased the property between 13th and 14th streets east of Commercial Avenue to Shell Oil and other companies between 1930 and 1987. They used it to distribute gasoline, diesel, oil, and other chemical products. Storage tanks, piping, and structures were removed in the 1980s. The port now uses the site for vehicle and boat trailer parking.

Site investigations found several chemicals and metals in the soil and groundwater. Those include gasoline, diesel, heavy oil, benzene, cadmium, and various hydrocarbons.

The draft documents can be reviewed on Ecology’s Former Shell Tank Farm web page. Documents can be reviewed in person at:

Here’s how to submit comments:

Mail them to site manager Nick Acklam, Department of Ecology, Toxics Cleanup Program, P.O. Box 47600, Olympia, WA 98504-7600. Email them to nick.acklam@ecy.wa.gov.

Ecology is cleaning up several Anacortes-area sites, including the Former Shell Tank Farm, under the Puget Sound Initiative. An Ecology team works with local governments, site owners, area tribes, and other stakeholders to help shape those cleanups.


Media Contact:

Seth Preston, 360-584-5744 (cell); seth.preston@ecy.wa.gov

For more information:

Former Shell Tank Farm (https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/gsp/Sitepage.aspx?csid=4846)

Puget Sound Initiative (www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/tcp/sites_brochure/psi/overview/psi_baywide.html)

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