We are inviting the public to review and comment on investigations done at the Coleman Oil Biodiesel Spill site, located at 3 East Chehalis Street in Wenatchee.
The following Investigation Reports are available for review and comment:
After the public comment period ends, we will review and respond to comments received during the comment period. We will hold a public meeting if 10 or more people request one.
In 1921, the site began operating as a bulk fuel facility with aboveground storage tanks (ASTs) that contained gasoline, oil, and kerosene. Over time, not only ownership, but the number and configurations of ASTs changed, as well as the addition of underground storage tanks (USTs), offices, and warehouse storage buildings. Coleman Services IV, LLC (Coleman Oil) purchased the property in January 2007.
In March 2017, an oil sheen was observed on the Columbia River. Ecology and the EPA investigated and it was determined the source was leaky underground piping connected to tanks at the site. Containing the oil sheen and stopping the leak was the highest priority. This was done by floating barriers, removing contaminated soil, leaky piping, and installing recovery wells. In addition, the truck fuel loading rack, piping, aboveground storage tanks, office, storage, and warehouse buildings were removed, leaving underground storage tanks, a card lock pump island, and a fenced truck parking area. Actions are still being done to reduce exposure to harmful chemicals while a long-term cleanup plan is worked on.