Event detail icon
Comment period

Spokane International Airport PFAS site

Enforcement order and public participation plan

March 29, 2024 - May 27, 2024, 11:59 p.m.

You are invited to review and comment on the enforcement order and public participation plan.

The enforcement order requires Spokane International Airport (SIA) to complete a remedial investigation and feasibility study. The remedial investigation will determine the full extent of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and other contamination in soil and groundwater, and the feasibility study will evaluate cleanup options. The order includes a scope of work and schedule for completing the investigation and study. 

The order was effective on March 29, the day we issued it. However, any public input about the investigation, such as personal knowledge of the site’s history or places you believe should be investigated, can be used as we develop the remedial investigation work plan. We planned a 60-day comment period to allow for at least 30 more days after people receive the notice in the mail.

The public participation plan describes how you can be involved during the cleanup process.

Learn more

Next steps

Ecology will consider and respond to all comments we receive during this public comment period. We will post our response to comments document on our SIA PFAS cleanup site page and send the document to people who submitted comments.

Site history

In 2017 and 2019, SIA hired an environmental consultant to sample a total of six different monitoring wells on the airport property for PFAS. Sample results for all six wells had levels of PFAS above Washington’s state action levels (SALs).   

PFAS had been identified in wells in and around the nearby Fairchild Air Force Base earlier in 2017. PFAS, a known human health hazard, are in firefighting foam used to control petroleum fires at airports and military installations.

In early 2023, Ecology received the 2017 and 2019 groundwater sampling results from a third party who got them through a public records request. We completed an initial investigation, and then added the airport to the Contaminated Sites List.

Comment online icon

Comment online

Comment by mail icon

Comment by mail

Jeremy Schmidt
4601 N. Monroe St.
Spokane, WA 99205
Questions icon


Jeremy Schmidt
Site Manager

To request ADA accommodation, contact Ecology's ADA Coordinator by email at ecyadacoordinator@ecy.wa.gov, or call 360-407-6831, 711 (relay service), or 877-833-6341 (TTY). More about our accessibility services.