We are requesting comments on plans to clean up the Quiet Cove site, one of several cleanup sites located on the waterfront in Fidalgo and Padilla Bays that have been prioritized for cleanup under the State’s Puget Sound Initiative.
You are invited to review the draft document and send us your comments for consideration. The plan can be reviewed at the Quite Cove site webpage.
The Port of Anacortes will also issue a draft SEPA Determination for public comment on September 5. Please see the Port of Anacortes webpage for details or to comment on the SEPA determination.
We will hold a public meeting if it is requested by at least 10 persons during the comment period.
Quiet Cove sits along the east end of the Guemes Channel just northwest of Fidalgo / Padilla Bays. The site began operating as a bulk fuel terminal and storage facility as early as 1909. Former oil tanks and associated structures were removed in the 1970s. Now, the site’s remaining buildings and pavement are used for general storage.
The Port of Anacortes purchased the upland area of the site in 2013, and performed an environmental investigation the following year. This investigation found contaminants exceeding acceptable levels under the state’s cleanup law. Soil samples showed hydrocarbon and heavy metal contamination as well as BETX, n-hexane, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Groundwater samples showed petroleum, benzene, ethylene dibromide, PAHs, and arsenic.
We have identified the Port as the Potentially Liable Person for the site. Ecology and the Port entered into an Agreed Order in 2015, to provide remedial action and additional investigations for cleanup actions.