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Hazardous Waste & Toxics Reduction

Public Information Concerning Hazardous Waste Activities in Washington State

Public comments sought on proposed termination of interim status for PRS Group, Inc.

Public Comment Period: October 27 – December 11, 2014

The Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) invites you to comment on a change of permit status for PRS Group, Inc. (PRS). PRS’ facility is located on the Tacoma tide-flats at 3003 Taylor Way, Tacoma, WA.

PRS is currently conducting activities that do not require a dangerous waste permit. Ecology proposes to terminate PRS’ interim state-only status for treating, storing and disposing hazardous waste. Ecology is seeking comments on the proposed termination of PRS’ interim status permit.

Ecology will consider and respond to all comments the public submits. Ecology will then make a final decision, and inform the facility and all people who comment. For more information about the site, please see the documents linked below.


Boeing Commercial, Airplane Group – Renton Plant

Proposed Engineering Design Report for cleanup action at the Boeing, Renton plant – Public Comment Period:   August 28 – September 29, 2014.

The Washington State Department of Ecology invites the public to read and comment on:

After reviewing the public comments, Ecology will make a final decision on these draft documents. More information is located on Ecology's website.


McFarland Cascade Pole Site, Tacoma:  Site investigation and Cleanup Study Available for Review

A draft Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study, which summarizes cleanup activities and suggests additional cleanup actions, is now available for public review and comment.

The Department of Ecology invites the public to read and comment on:

The public is invited to comment on these documents through June 16, 2014.  After reviewing the public comments, Ecology will consider whether any revisions should be made to the Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study.


Burlington Environmental (PSC Environmental Services) Georgetown Facility

Draft Permit Comment Period: May 9, 2014 through June 23, 2014

The Washington State Department of Ecology (“Ecology”) is accepting public comment on a draft permit. 

In January 2014 Burlington Environmental (PSC Environmental Services) proposed a modification of their Georgetown facility RCRA permit. Burlington Environmental’s facility no longer operates as a dangerous/hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facility. However, the facility has been issued a Washington State dangerous waste management permit for completion of RCRA Corrective Action. The current permit references an Agreed Order issued in 2010 to govern the cleanup of the eastern portion of Burlington Environmental’s Georgetown site. The company’s permit modification request proposes to additionally reference the new West of 4th Agreed Order in the permit.  The new Order sets out requirements for addressing cleanup in the western portion of the Burlington Environmental site, and on April 23, 2014, was issued to four companies whose releases have contributed to contamination in this area.  Burlington Environmental is one of these companies.

Burlington Environmental held a 60-day comment period on their requested modification.  Ecology has reviewed the company’s request and public comments submitted during the 60-day commenting period.  We agree that the facility permit must be modified to refer to both of the Orders noted above.  We have therefore prepared a draft permit, based on our review, which proposes new permit language similar to what Burlington Environmental has requested.

The comment period on Ecology’s draft permit runs for 45-days.  After considering the public’s comments on our draft document, Ecology intends to prepare a final permit.


Boeing Commercial Airplane Group – Everett plant

Proposed Interim Soil Removal Cleanup Action and SEPA Documents for Public Review and Comment The Department of Ecology invites the public to read and comment on:

The public is invited to comment on these documents through April 28, 2014. After reviewing the public comments, Ecology will make a final decision on these draft documents.


"West of 4th Site"
Burlington Environmental (PSC Environmental Services) Georgetown Facility

Agreed Order Public Comment Period: January 14, 2014 through March 17, 2014
Burlington Environmental Permit Modification Request Public Comment Period: January 14, 2014 through March 17, 2014

NOTE: the 30-day public comment period for the draft West of 4th Agreed Order has been extended.  As shown above, the comment period now ends on March 17.

The Washington State Department of Ecology (“Ecology”) is accepting public comment on a draft Agreed Order and its attachments. The draft Agreed Order and Scope of Work for a Feasibility Study at the “West of 4th” Site is a legal agreement between Ecology and four companies:

  • Art Brass Plating
  • Blaser Die Casting
  • Capital Industries
  • Burlington Environmental (known as “PSC”)

Each of the four companies has completed remedial investigations under separate Orders. The draft Agreed Order contains requirements for jointly conducting a Feasibility Study and drafting a Cleanup Action Plan.

Ecology is also accepting public comment on a proposed permit modification for the Burlington Environmental (PSC Environmental Services) Georgetown facility. The Burlington Environmental facility no longer operates as a dangerous/hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facility. However, the facility has been issued a Washington State dangerous waste management permit for completion of RCRA Corrective Action.

The current permit references an Agreed Order issued in 2010 to govern the cleanup of the eastern portion of Burlington Environmental’s Georgetown site. The proposed permit modification will additionally reference the new “West of 4th” Agreed Order, which sets out requirements for addressing the western portion of the s site.

General Electric Company (GE), former Dawson Street Plant

Public Notice – Public review and comment:  December 18, 2013 through January 16, 2014.

The Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) invites you to review and comment on the following documents relating to contamination at its former facility located at 220 South Dawson Street, Seattle, Washington.   

The public is invited to comment on these documents through January 16, 2014.  After reviewing the public comments, Ecology will make a final decision on these draft documents.

Boeing Commercial Airplane Group – Everett Plant

Public Comment Period:  September 27, 2013 through October 30, 2013

Proposed Phase 2 Groundwater Interim Cleanup Action and SEPA Documents for Public Review and Comment

The Washington State Department of Ecology invites the public to read and comment on:

After reviewing the public comments, Ecology will make a final decision on these draft documents.


Kaiser Trentwood Site – Spokane Valley, Washington

Public Comment Period:  September 4, 2013 through October 4, 2013

The Washington State Department of Ecology is seeking comments in order to finalize the Closure Plan at the site.  You are invited to read and comment on:


University of Washington, Tacoma Campus at the Howe Parcel – Public Comment Period for Proposed Groundwater Cleanup

Draft documents for public reviewInterim Action Work Plan, State Environmental Policy Act checklists, Amendment to Agreed Order.

The Department of Ecology proposes to clean up contaminated groundwater at the University of Washington at Tacoma.  Historic leaks of chlorinated solvent-contaminated wastewater from a former cistern and an associated footing drain at the Howe Parcel are the suspected source of the tetrachloroethene (PCE) in groundwater.  Ecology invites the public to read and comment on the documents posted here. 


Boeing Kent Space Center – Striker Property

The Washington State Department of Ecology’s Proposed Termination of Interim Status

The public is invited to comment on Ecology’s proposal to terminate interim status.  The dangerous waste management is no longer needed at this facility.  You are invited to review all pertinent documents posted here:


Burlington Environmental, LLC (referred to as “PSC-Kent”) – Kent, Washington Public Comment Period:  April 5, through May 21, 2012

The Washington State Department of Ecology is seeking comments on the proposal to re-issue a permit for dangerous waste management at this facility. The permit will authorize and has requirements for storage and limited treatment of dangerous waste at PSC-Kent. You are invited to read and comment on:

Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington – Public Comment Period:  March 1, 2012 through March 31, 2012

Joint Base Lewis-McChord and the Department of Ecology propose to excavate lead contaminated soil on the south side of Miller Hill and at a former skeet range south of American Lake. These areas were used as small arms training ranges and a skeet shooting range. Decades of spent bullet slugs and fragments have accumulated in the soil and contaminated it with lead.. You are invited to read and comment on:


Burlington Environmental, LLC (referred to as “PSC-Tacoma”) Tacoma, Washington – Public Comment Period:  December 30, 2011 through February 15, 2012

The Washington State Department of Ecology is seeking comments on the proposal to re-issue a permit for dangerous waste management at this facility. The permit will authorize and has requirements for storage and limited treatment of dangerous waste at PSC-Tacoma. You are invited to read and comment on: