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Comment Period

Wolfe & Parks Properties

Cleanup site periodic review

Jan. 26, 2023 - Feb. 27, 2023, 11:59 p.m.

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

The draft second periodic review report for the Wolfe & Parks Properties cleanup site is available for review and comment. 

About this site

From 1924 to the late 1970s, the site was a bulk fuel storage facility. The storage tanks and distribution system have been removed. Now there is a store and a restored rail depot museum on the site. 

In 2003, petroleum contamination was found in the soil and groundwater. To clean it up, contaminated soil was removed, and contaminated groundwater was treated. 

Some of the contaminated soil could not be excavated without risking damage to buildings, so some contaminated soil was left at the site, covered by buildings and pavement. 

Since cleanup, contaminant concentrations in groundwater have decreased. The remaining petroleum in soil does not appear to be adding to the groundwater contamination.  

In 2011, the owners filed a covenant on the property. Among the covenant's restrictions, it prohibits activities that could result in the release of contaminants that remain at the site. 

We visited the site on July 16, 2021. The condition of the building and asphalt pavement covering the contaminated soil continues to prevent exposure of people and the environment to the contamination. 

Periodic reviews

If contamination remains at a site after cleanup, we review conditions about every five years to make sure the cleanup action is still effective and protects human health and the environment. The review of site conditions is summarized in a periodic review report. We make the report available for public review during the comment period. 

We will review all 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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Nancy Davis
WA Department of Ecology
PO Box 47775
Olympia, WA 98504-7775
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