Department of Ecology News Release - June 2, 2015

Cleanup near Yakima Trolley Barn begins
Trolley rides continue during work to remove contamination

YAKIMA – Work has begun to clean up pollution found around the Yakima Trolley Barn at South Third Avenue and West Pine Street. Cleanup will be confined to specific areas and won’t pose a risk to weekend trolley riders.

The city of Yakima received $230,000 from the Washington Department of Ecology to clean up about 2,000 tons of contaminated soil and cap remaining soil with gravel at the site.

Investigations conducted by Ecology over the past year uncovered heavy metals and petroleum products at levels above state standards in shallow soil, the result of legacy practices at the site. Work included soil and groundwater sampling. Petroleum contamination was found where diesel and gasoline underground storage tanks had been located in the northeast corner of the site. The tanks were removed in 1990.

Some $110,000 from the Eastern Washington Clean Sites Initiative was used for the initial investigation. The $340,000 total in funding for the project comes from the state’s voter-approved tax on hazardous substances to be used to remove threats to human health and the environment.

Trolley rides will still be available on both Saturday, June 6, and Sunday, June 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. as regularly scheduled. Ticket sales and boarding will occur at the Trolley Barn on West Pine Street as there will not be public access to the museum and gift store.

Contact:

Joye Redfield-Wilder, communications, 509-575-2610; @ecyCentral