Department of Ecology News Release - May 20, 2015

Cleanup proposed at Seattle cargo terminal
Port of Seattle would remove waterfront contamination

SEATTLE – The Port of Seattle would clean up decades-old pollution at a former fuel terminal on the Seattle waterfront under a proposed agreement with the Washington Department of Ecology.

Ecology seeks public comment on the proposal and related documents through June 19, 2015.

Under a draft cleanup plan, the port would clean up petroleum compounds at Terminal 30, a cargo terminal that includes the site of an early 20th century bulk-fuel terminal. The cleanup would include:

The cleanup site occupies 11 acres of the 34-acre Terminal 30 facility at 1901 E. Marginal Way S. in Seattle. Prior to its purchase by the port in 1985, the site – constructed on fill material along the East Waterway of the Duwamish River – contained a fuel terminal, a lumberyard, machine shop and shipyard. Studies have identified petroleum and related materials in soil and groundwater from historic activities. Contamination at the site is not related to current site operations.

Ecology is making the following available for public comment:

All of these materials are available at:

People may send comments or questions to Sunny Becker, site manager, Department of Ecology, 3190 160th Ave. SE, Bellevue, WA 98008; or to sunny.becker@ecy.wa.gov. Questions may be phoned to 425-649-7187.

An Ecology fact sheet provides more information about the site’s background and proposed cleanup plan.

Contacts:

Larry Altose, Ecology communications, larry.altose@ecy.wa.gov, 425-649-7009, @EcySeattle

Sunny Becker, Ecology site manager, sunny.becker@ecy.wa.gov, 425-649-7187

Roy Kuroiwa, Port of Seattle, project manager, 206-787-3814