Department of Ecology News Release - Jan. 19, 2016

More opportunity for public input on Occidental cleanup site in Tacoma


As work progresses toward cleaning up contamination at the Occidental site near the Hylebos Waterway, the public is invited to share input at a Jan. 30 open house and public hearing hosted by the Washington Department of Ecology.

Hazardous substances have been found in groundwater, soil and sediment at the Occidental site at 605 Alexander Ave. in Tacoma, which was used for industrial activities for decades and became contaminated with chlorine and chlorinated solvents, caustic soda, ammonia, calcium chloride and muriatic acid. Operations at the site stopped in 2002 and the remaining buildings were demolished.

The open house and public hearing are for the public to discuss the draft contamination report, called the remedial investigation. That new draft study will be used in determining the extent of contamination at the Occidental site, and how best to move forward cleaning up the site. Children are welcome at the meeting.

Ecology Public Hearing and Open House
Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016
Open House: 9:30 a.m.
Public hearing 10:30 a.m.
Center at Norpoint
4818 Nassau Ave. NE, Tacoma

The comment period began Oct. 23, 2015, and the public is invited to submit comments throughout the public comment period, which is being extended until Feb. 1, 2016.

During the hearing the public can offer oral and written comments on the investigation report. A previous public hearing was held last fall. Written comments are due by 5 p.m. Feb. 1, and can be sent to:

Kerry Graber
Southwest Regional Office
HWTR Program
PO Box 47600
Olympia, WA 98504-7600

Contact information

Chase Gallagher
Communications manager
360-407-6239 or