We oversee the cleanup process that Boeing conducts at its Auburn facility at 700 15th St. SW. Contamination of soil and groundwater at the site extends more than a mile north and northwest of Boeing’s property.
We're reviewing your comments
Boeing has operated under a corrective action permit since 2006. This permit allows them to clean up contamination at the Auburn facility at 700 15th St. SW. As a matter of procedure, the permit needed to be reissued — this was not due to any new development at the site.
We held a public comment period from July 19 - Sept. 7, 2018. The comment period is closed, and we are reviewing all of your comments. You can read the final Agreed Order (legal agreement) and the permit.
We will respond directly to those who commented. We will also post our responses on this website. Look for a document called "Responsiveness Summary" when you check back, or join our email list to be notified when it's available.
We are committed to improving our communication with you about the cleanup so we have also updated our public participation plan.
Boeing historically treated, stored, and disposed of hazardous waste at its Auburn facility. Contamination on the property varies by location, but it includes traces of metals, petroleum hydrocarbons, and solvent chemicals.
In parts of Auburn and Algona, the groundwater is contaminated with a chemical called trichloroethene (TCE) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The contamination most likely originated from a degreaser used at the Boeing Auburn facility. The contaminated groundwater (called a plume) flows north and northwest away from the Boeing property into portions of southwest Auburn and northeast Algona.
Remedial investigation findings
During the remedial investigation, we required Boeing to test places where people can come into contact with the contaminated groundwater as it enters surface waters (like ditches, shallow groundwater and creeks) or the air (through air in soil pockets or indoor air). We consistently found chemical levels low enough that they do not pose a risk to human health.
The remedial investigation began in 2002 and evaluated the location, size, and impacts of underground contamination. We approved the remedial investigation report.
Key findings of the investigation