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Yakima City Fire Department

Proposed Removal from the Hazardous Sites List

August 31, 2018 - September 30, 2018

Ecology is proposing to remove the Yakima City Fire Department site, located at 401 North Front Street in Yakima from its Hazardous Sites List. You are invited to review the April 10, 2017 No Further Action Letter and Data Gap Investigation.

In 1997, the City removed two 500-gallon underground storage tanks, one diesel and the other gasoline. Soil that was obviously contaminated (stained with fuel) was removed. Some contaminated soil, since it was near fuel dispensers and the building, could not be removed. Soil samples taken at the time confirmed contamination above state cleanup levels.

In 2016, Ecology hired a contractor to see if soil contamination remained. Often petroleum contamination degrades over time. The updated sampling did not show any contamination in site soil at levels above state cleanup standards. 

The Hazardous Sites List is a statewide list of contaminated properties. The site is currently ranked a “5” on the list. A rank of “1” is the highest level of concern compared to other sites on the list, and a rank of “5” is the lowest. A site may be removed from the list only when it is cleaned up.

We will hold a public meeting about removing this site from the list if 10 people request one. After the public comment period ends, Ecology will review comments received during the comment period. If no changes are necessary, the site will be removed from the Hazardous Sites List.

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Jeff Newschwander
1250 W Alder Street
Union Gap, WA 98903-0009
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