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 City Truck Stop property in southern Mount Vernon  for a new jail site under a legal agreement with the state Department of Ecology.

Ecology seeks public comment on the agreement, 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 dale.myers@ecy.wa.gov.

 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:

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:

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:

The legal agreement and all associated documents are available on Ecology’s website. The same materials also are available in printed form at:

An Ecology fact sheet describes the site’s contamination and proposed cleanup actions.

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Contacts:

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

Dale Myers, cleanup site manager, 425-649-4446