Department of Ecology News Release - November 24, 2014
Environmental agreement readied for future jail site in Mount Vernon
Comments sought on Skagit County’s proposed cleanup at truck stop
MOUNT VERNON – Skagit County would clean up contaminated soil and groundwater
as it takes possession of and develops the
Truck Stop property in southern Mount Vernon for a
jail site under a legal agreement with the state Department of Ecology.
Ecology seeks public comment on the
called a prospective purchaser consent decree, and other related documents
through Dec. 31, 2014. Comments should be sent to Dale Myers, site manager, 3190
160th Ave. SE, Bellevue WA 98008 or to email@example.com.
Ecology will present information, answer questions and conduct a public
hearing on the clean-up proposal on Dec. 11, 2014, at the Skagit County
Administration Building, 1800 Continental Place, Suite 100, Mount Vernon:
- Open house: 5:30 p.m.
- Presentation and question-and-answer session: 6 p.m.
- Public hearing: 7 p.m.
Under a prior owner and name, Truck City opened in 1953. Several releases of
gasoline and diesel fuel have been documented over the site’s history. A
proposed cleanup plan includes:
- Groundwater sampling at existing monitoring wells, prior to
- Removal of all structures on the site, including the
concrete pad, truck scale, and underground storage tanks.
- Excavation and removal of contaminated soil in four areas of
- Soil testing at least 15 feet deep in all areas excavated
for the project and removal of all soil with contamination above
state cleanup standards.
- Application of materials that increase naturally present
bacteria that consume petroleum products that may continue to
- Installation of new monitoring wells and ongoing monitoring
to verify compliance.
The county plans to take legal possession of the site in January 2015 and to
conduct the cleanup project in the summer and fall of 2015, followed by
construction of the jail facility.
In addition to the legal agreement, Ecology seeks comments on:
Determination of non-significance: Ecology has reviewed the
proposed cleanup under the State Environmental Policy Act and
has determined that it will cause no significant harm to the
Public participation plan: A requirement under the state’s
cleanup law, the plan ensures that community members receive
information about the cleanup and have opportunities to be
involved in key decisions.
Remedial investigation and feasibility study: Skagit County
conducted a study to determine what contamination is at the
site, its quantity and location. The county evaluated and
estimated costs for cleanup options.
Cleanup action plan: Ecology proposes to adopt a plan that
outlines detailed steps the county would take to complete the
agreement and all associated documents are available on Ecology’s website.
The same materials also are available in printed form at:
- Mount Vernon Public Library, 315 Snoqualmie St.
- Mount Vernon City Hall, 910 Cleveland, Ave., Community and
Economic Development Department
- Skagit County Commissioners Office, 1800 Continental Place,
Suite 100, Mount Vernon
- Department of Ecology, 3190 160th Ave. SE, Bellevue, by
or 425- 649-7190
fact sheet describes the site’s contamination and proposed cleanup actions.
Larry Altose, communications,
Dale Myers, cleanup site manager,
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