Department of Ecology News Release - March 26, 2014

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Soil cleanup proposed for former gun club at Boeing Everett plant

EVERETT – The Boeing Company will clean up contaminated soil and sediments from the site of a former shooting range at the southeastern corner of its Everett aircraft manufacturing plant, under a plan submitted to the Washington Department of Ecology.

Ecology seeks public review and comment on the proposal through April 28, 2014.

The former Paine Field Sports Gun Club operated a trap shooting range from the 1940s until 1988, when Boeing purchased the property from Snohomish County. The former gun club shooting range is located to the southwest of the intersection of BOMARC Road and Airport Road in Everett. 

Soil and sediment tests show contamination from lead, arsenic and carcinogenic polyaromatic hydrocarbons from shotgun pellets and trap shooting clay pigeons used when the gun club’s shooting ranges were in operation. 

The cleanup project is planned for the summer of 2014. Boeing will excavate the contaminated soil and sediment for off-site disposal.

A final, overall cleanup plan for contamination at Boeing’s Everett plant is under development.  The presently proposed project is part of an interim cleanup action that could become part of the final cleanup plan.

Ecology has determined that the project is needed to prevent a buildup of contaminated soil and sediment at nearby Lake Boeing and its surrounding wetland.   

Ecology also proposes to issue a Determination of Non-Significance (DNS) under the state’s environmental review law, the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA). A DNS means the project does not need an environmental impact statement. Ecology seeks comment on this proposal, too.

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

Send comments to:

 For a fact sheet and other information, please see www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/hwtr/foia/index.html.

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Media Contact:

Larry Altose, Ecology, 425-649-7009, @ecyseattle

Dean Yasuda, Ecology cleanup site manager, 425-649-7264

Megan Hilfer, The Boeing Company, 425-237-2237

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Oct. 2, 2013 - Second phase proposed for groundwater cleanup at Boeing Everett plant