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Comment Period

Totem Pole Restaurant

Cleanup site periodic review

Sept. 22, 2022 - Oct. 23, 2022, 11:59 p.m.

About every five years we review conditions at sites where some contamination remains, to make sure the cleanup is still effective.

We invite you to comment on the draft third periodic review report for the Totem Pole Restaurant site.

Ecology visited the site on July 14, 2021. The condition of the building and asphalt pavement covering the contamination continues to prevent exposure of people and the environment to contaminated soil. The pavement appears to be in satisfactory condition and no repair, maintenance, or contingency actions have been required. 

Before 1960, there was an auto service station on the site. The underground storage tank at the station likely released petroleum and related chemicals into soil and groundwater. 

In 2000, about 2,020 tons of petroleum-contaminated soil was excavated and removed.

Groundwater conditions were monitored from 2001 to 2006. Monitoring was not required after 2006 because contaminant concentrations decreased to below cleanup levels. 

The site owner recorded an environmental covenant for the site in 2000 because contaminated soil remains on the property. Among the covenant's restrictions, it prohibits any activity that may result in release or exposure to petroleum-contaminated soil or groundwater without written approval from Ecology.

We will review and consider comments received during the comment period. The periodic review will become final if no significant changes are made based on comments. 

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

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Nancy Davis
WA Department of Ecology
PO Box 47775
Olympia, WA 98504-7775
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