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Comment Period

Univar Solutions

Documents available for review and comment

May 22, 2023 - June 23, 2023, 11:59 p.m.

We invite you to review and comment on cleanup documents for contamination cleanup at the Univar Solutions site at 8201 S. 212th Street in Kent.

Please review and comment on:

When the public comment period ends, we will consider all comments and may change the documents based on them. After considering all comments, the documents will become final.

Will there be a public meeting?

At this time, there are no public meetings scheduled for this comment period. We will hold a public meeting if 10 or more people request one. To request a meeting, please contact Janelle Anderson at 425-301-6454 or email janelle.anderson@ecy.wa.gov.

Site background

Univar is a global company that stores, packages, and distributes chemical products. The 11-acre Kent facility has a warehouse, office, bulk storage, repackaging, and parking areas. It is surrounded by other commercial and industrial properties.

From 1974 to 2007, Univar was considered an active dangerous waste management facility. However, it was not subject to permitting requirements under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act until hazardous waste regulations became effective in 1980.


In 1994, studies showed evidence that soil and groundwater was contaminated with solvents and chlorinated compounds. Most groundwater contamination is located under the site, but some flowed north under 212th Street and an adjacent industrial property. No drinking water wells are located in or near the site.

Cleanup process

Since 2009, Univar has been implementing a cleanup action plan:

  • Groundwater treatment via enhanced reductive dechlorination, a process that uses special bacteria to "eat" the contaminants.
  • Groundwater monitoring. The site is tested regularly to see if pollutants are breaking down into less harmful chemicals.
  • Ongoing treatment and sampling.
  • Site use controls, which restricts the property to industrial use via an environmental covenant.

For more information about the site and the history of contamination:

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Val Cramer, Site Manager
Department of Ecology
PO Box 330316
Shoreline, WA 98133
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Janelle Anderson
Community Outreach Specialist
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