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Comment Period

Birds Eye Foods

Cleanup Site Periodic Review

January 3, 2019 - February 3, 2019

Ecology invites the public to review and comment on the draft periodic review report for the Birds Eye Foods site. The report for the site shows that cleanup work remains effective in protecting human health and the environment.

Background

In 1990, the owner removed two underground storage tanks and found petroleum-contaminated soil in the area where the tanks had been located. In 1991, nearly 875 cubic yards of polluted soil and approximately 80 gallons of contaminated water were removed from the site. But not all the remaining contaminated soil could be removed, so it was filled in and capped with asphalt or sealed under two adjacent buildings to eliminate people’s contact with the contamination. Monitoring wells were installed and have shown that petroleum concentrations in groundwater have been below cleanup levels since 2007.

In 2013, a restrictive covenant was filed for the site limiting property use and requiring maintenance of the cap covering the contaminated soil and periodic monitoring of groundwater conditions.

Periodic review process

We conduct 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.

We will hold a public meeting if 10 people request one.

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Comment by mail

Panjini Balaraju
WA Department of Ecology
PO Box 47775
Olympia, WA 98504-7775
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Questions

Panjini Balaraju
Periodic Review Coordinator
Panjini.Balaraju@ecy.wa.gov
360-407-6335

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