Department of Ecology News Release - September 24, 2014

Cleanup plan proposed for Bremerton school property
Public comment invited for long-term site plan at Crownhill Elementary

BREMERTON – The Bremerton School District will continue to protect students, staff and the public from exposure to toxic materials buried in a former landfill on the Crownhill Elementary School property, under a proposed legal agreement with the Washington Department of Ecology.

The draft agreement, called an agreed order, and related documents outline the final cleanup plans for the site. The school property has undergone study and partial cleanup since 1996. The draft agreed order would replace an earlier version that covered the district’s site studies and interim actions.

Crownhill School, at 1500 Rocky Point Road in Bremerton, occupies the site of a former sand and gravel mine, 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 that was discovered in 1994 during excavation for the new building. 

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

The district completed some cleanup work in 2012 and 2013, placing a clean soil cap and new lawn over 13,000 square feet of the school property.

The five-part cleanup plan would:

Ecology seeks public comment on four draft documents through Oct. 27, 2014:

Review documents at:

Submit comments through Oct. 27, 2014 to Libby Goldstein, Ecology site manager:

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Contact:

Larry Altose, communications, 425-649-7009, @ecySeattle

Libby Goldstein, cleanup site manager, 425-649-7242