Ecology invites you to review and comment on the draft periodic review report for the L-Bar site. We conduct a periodic review at least every five years after beginning cleanup at a site, and this is the second periodic review for this site. The purpose of the review is to evaluate current site conditions and to ensure the continued protection of people and the environment.
Beginning in the early 1900s through plant closure in 1991, magnesite ore and, later, magnesium recovery from a metals-processing byproduct called flux bar occurred at the site. Cleanup included removing all remaining flux bar and residue, excavating contaminated shallow soil, improving surface water drainage controls, and long-term surface and groundwater monitoring. A restrictive covenant was filed to restrict land uses, property access, and any activities that would interfere with the cleanup.
In August 2019, we completed the second periodic review and recommended no further cleanup actions, as people and the environment will continue to be protected as long as the restrictive covenant remains in place and is followed. Ground and surface water monitoring will continue to track cleanup progress.
Ecology will review comments received during the comment period. The periodic review will become final if no significant changes are made due to public comment. 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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4601 N. Monroe St.
Spokane, WA 99205
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