The Washington State Department of Ecology invites you to comment on our proposal to remove the BNSF Hillyard Lead Soil site from the Hazardous Sites List (HSL). The HSL includes all contaminated sites that have had their hazard ranked relative to other known contaminated sites in Washington. Sites are ranked on a scale of 1 to 5 with 1 presenting the highest risk. In 2003, Ecology ranked this site a 1 due to lead, cadmium, and arsenic metals contamination in soil. Petroleum hydrocarbons, chlorinated solvents, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) requiring cleanup were also in soil.
BNSF Railway completed cleanup between 2008 and 2010 under Ecology’s Voluntary Cleanup Program. Contaminated soil was excavated, stockpiled into a containment area, and covered with a protective cap to prevent human contact and water from spreading contamination. Some contaminated soil and construction debris found during excavation of the containment area were disposed at a landfill. An environmental covenant has been recorded with Spokane County that restricts how the property may be used due to the remaining contamination and requires monitoring of the cap over the containment area.
A site may be removed from the HSL only after cleanup. In some cases, long-term monitoring and periodic reviews may be required to ensure the cleanup is adequate to protect the public and the environment. Ecology will hold a public meeting about this proposal if 10 people request one.
Comment by mail
4601 N. Monroe St.
Spokane, WA 99205
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