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Hungry Whale Grocery, Westport

Agreed Order, Cleanup and SEPA documents ready for public comment

June 2, 2022 - July 5, 2022, 11:59 p.m.

Ecology is supervising the cleanup at this site. We invite you to comment on documents related to cleanup.

These documents and more information are available at the Hungry Whale Grocery cleanup webpage.

  • Remedial Investigation and Feasibility Study (RI/FS) Report describes the contamination and where it is located. The report compares choices about how to clean up the contamination.
  • Draft Cleanup Action Plan (dCAP) describes the proposed plan for cleaning up the contamination.
  • Agreed Order DE 20344 is a legal agreement between us and the Port of Grays Harbor. The port owns the property and is responsible for doing the cleanup. The agreement requires the port to implement and maintain the cleanup described in the Cleanup Action Plan.
  • State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) Determination of Non-Significance describes our decision that cleanup activities are not likely to harm the environment. 

Gasoline and BTEX (benzene, toluene, ethyl benzene, and xylene) contaminated the soil and groundwater from a leaking underground storage tank fueling system. A part of the property is leased for use as a retail gasoline station and convenience store.

The proposed Cleanup Action Plan includes:

  • Removing the existing convenience store, all underground fuel storage tanks, and the fuel dispenser structures.
  • Contaminated soil will be excavated and moved off-site and disposed of appropriately.
  • Contaminated groundwater will be removed and treated.
  • Groundwater will be monitored to make sure the cleanup is effective.
  • If contamination remains at the site, the port will record an environmental covenant with the county that will be attached to the property deed, and Ecology will review conditions at the site every five years.

Online informational public meeting on June 22, 2022 at 5 p.m. We will hold a public meeting to present information about the proposed cleanup and answer your questions. See below for information on how to join the meeting.

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Andrew Smith
WA Department of Ecology – SWRO
P.O. Box 47775
Olympia, WA 98504-7775
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andrew.smith@ecy.wa gov
360-485-3987

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