Department of Ecology News Release - October 19, 2015

Old Anacortes fuel site heading toward cleanup
Ecology, Port of Anacortes will work on Quiet Cove property

ANACORTES – An old fuel yard in Anacortes is slated for environmental cleanup that could lead to future development opportunities.

The Washington Department of Ecology is asking for comments on a proposed legal agreement for the Quiet Cove Storage site at 202 O Ave. The agreement with the Port of Anacortes, which owns the site, details how the port will investigate contamination at the site and study how to clean it up.

Comments are welcome through Nov. 17 on the agreement and the draft public participation plan. That plan shows how interested people can stay informed about and involved with the site’s cleanup.

Quiet Cove sits along the east end of the Guemes Channel just northwest of Fidalgo Bay. The site began operating as a bulk fuel terminal and storage facility as early as 1909. Oil tanks, an oil warehouse, and other equipment were removed later. Now, the site’s remaining buildings and pavement are used for storage.

The port bought the site’s upland area in July 2013. A 2014 environmental investigation found several contaminants in soil and groundwater, including hydrocarbons, metals and arsenic.

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Fidalgo Bay is one of seven priority bays identified for cleanup under the Puget Sound Initiative. An Ecology team is working with site owners, local governments, area tribes, and others to clean up several Anacortes-area sites.

Contact:

Seth Preston, communications, 360-407-6848, @ecologyWA