Ecology seeks your input on the second periodic review report for the Upper Falls East site.
The site covers 2.2 acres and is located on the Flour Mill property that sits along the north bank of the Spokane River near downtown Spokane. The site is divided into two parcels: the West Lot and the East Lot. The East Lot has lead, arsenic, and cadmium soil contamination that requires further cleanup but is inaccessible to the public. The West Lot has soil contaminated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons covered with sand and grass which acts as a protective cover or cap to prevent people from contacting the contaminated soil. An environmental covenant was filed for the West Lot property that warns future owners of the remaining contaminated soil and prohibits activities that would disturb it. Ecology visited the site June 12, 2018, and found no indications that the covenant has been compromised.
We conduct a periodic review at least every five years after beginning cleanup at a site, as required by the Model Toxics Control Act. The purposes of the review are to evaluate site conditions and to ensure continued protection of human health and the environment when institutional controls are part of a cleanup.
Ecology will review comments received during the comment period and make recommendations for suggested changes. The periodic review will become final if no significant changes are made. An additional public comment period will be held if significant changes are made.
We will hold a public meeting if 10 people request it.
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