We conduct reviews about every five years when some contamination remains on-site after cleanup. Periodic reviews evaluate current site conditions to ensure continued protection of human health and the environment.
This review concluded that the cleanup actions completed at the site are still protecting human health and the environment.
The Norseland Landfill site has been a military base, a landfill, and a mobile home park. The U.S. Army acquired the site in 1943. They removed or burned all buildings and debris before transferring the land back to Kitsap County in 1948. Puget Service Company leased the land and operated a landfill between 1951 and 1961. The landfill was the disposal site for the City of Bremerton. Puget Service Company closed the landfill consistent with standards acceptable in 1961. In 1962 Kitsap County leased property to a developer who built a mobile home park called the Norseland Mobile Estates. In 1963 Kitsap County gave the property to the Port of Bremerton, the current owner.
In 1991, we received reports that odors had been detected by mobile-home-park residents. A remedial investigation and feasibility study was conducted and a cleanup action plan developed. The mobile-home-park residents were moved to a new mobile home park in Port Orchard.
Cleanup activities were completed under a consent decree. Waste was consolidated in a designated area and covered with a permeable soil cap with plants. Ongoing cap maintenance, surface-water control, and compliance monitoring for groundwater and ambient air contamination is required. A restrictive covenant was recorded with Kitsap County.
Groundwater and ambient air compliance monitoring was conducted from 2001 to 2006. Over this interval, site contaminants of concern were not detected above their respective cleanup levels. The site was removed from the Hazardous Sites List in 2011 after a public notice and comment period.
We will review comments received during the comment period. The periodic review will become final if no significant changes are made.