Department of Ecology News Release - September 4, 2014

Cleanup planned at old petroleum facility in Olympia
Proposed work would help improve and protect Puget Sound waters

OLYMPIA – A former petroleum-handling facility on Budd Inlet is planned for environmental cleanup under the Puget Sound Initiative.

The Washington Department of Ecology is seeking public comments from Sept. 4 through Oct. 6 on draft documents related to proposed cleanup work at the Industrial Petroleum Distributors site in Olympia. Atlantic Richfield Co. (ARCO), the former owner of the site at 1120 West Bay Drive NW, plans to sample soil at the site and then dig up and remove up to 2,225 cubic yards of petroleum-contaminated soil.

The draft documents include a legal agreement called an agreed order that details the work that would be performed. Other documents are a cleanup action plan, site reports and a State Environmental Policy Act checklist and determination.

ARCO developed the site as a bulk fuel storage facility in the early 1950s. The facility had eight above-ground storage tanks on the western part of the site. A pipeline carried fuel from barges in Budd Inlet to the tanks.

ARCO sold the property in 1997 to new owners. Industrial Petroleum Distributors leased the property and later bought it. The company used the site to store waste oil through the early 1990s.

Leaks and spills from the pipeline and tanks contaminated portions of site soil and groundwater with petroleum hydrocarbons. Petroleum contamination is limited to the soil on the waterfront (eastern) portion of the site.

In 2002 and 2003, the owners of the upland (western) portion cleaned up that part of the site. ARCO now plans to clean up the eastern portion.

Review the draft documents at:

Here’s how to submit comments:

Ecology’s Toxics Cleanup Program has worked with local governments, private landowners, tribes, and stakeholders on a number of significant cleanup sites in and around Budd Inlet, including Hardel Mutual Plywood, Cascade Pole and Reliable Steel.

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Contact:

Seth Preston, communications, 360-407-6848, @ecologyWA