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Comment Period

Bank of Pacific Property

Cleanup Site Periodic Review

January 17, 2019 - February 19, 2019

Ecology invites the public to review and comment on the draft periodic review report for the Bank of Pacific Property site in Cathlamet. The report for the site shows that cleanup work remains effective in protecting human health and the environment.

The site is two adjacent properties located at 20 Butler Street and 58 Main Street. The Butler Street portion was a service station, operating until the mid-1970s with historical evidence of petroleum hydrocarbon releases. In the mid-1980s, the station was demolished and a new building was constructed on the property.  In 1997, the Bank of the Pacific purchased both properties, building a parking lot on the Main Street property and leasing the building on Butler Street.  In 2003, the bank demolished the building on Butler Street leaving it a vacant lot. Four underground storage tanks, decommissioned in 1999, were removed in 2003 and a total of 1200 tons of petroleum-contaminated soil was removed from the 20 Butler Street property and an adjacent property and replaced with clean soil and gravel.

Some contaminated soil was not removed because it was located under a small portion of a retaining wall and a paved parking lot on the Main Street property. The remaining contaminated soil was capped with pavement, sealed under the wall, and under layers of clean soil and gravel adjacent to the wall. These barriers eliminated contact with contaminated soil.

After cleanup, sampling results showed that all accessible petroleum-contaminated soil was removed and quarterly groundwater sampling in 2004 indicated no contaminates were above cleanup levels.

In 2005, a restrictive covenant was filed for the site that requires the pavement in the parking lot, the retaining wall, and the layers of soil and gravel next to the wall be maintained to make sure the small portion of contaminated soil that remains next to the wall does not pose a threat to human health and the environment.

Ecology conducts a Periodic Review at least every five years after the initiation of a cleanup action at a site, as required by the Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA). 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.
Ecology will hold a public meeting if 10 people request one.

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Panjini Balaraju
WA Department of Ecology
PO Box 47775
Olympia, WA 98504-7775
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Panjini Balaraju
Periodic Review Coordinator

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