OLYMPIA - Two East Bay properties purchased recently by the City of Olympia and the LOTT Clean Water Alliance from the Port of Olympia are slated for environmental cleanup under a legal agreement involving the three parties and the state Department of Ecology.
The properties, two of the eight parcels in the 12.9-acre East Bay redevelopment site, are the future homes of the Hands On Children’s Museum and a public plaza.
Timber-related industries on the properties from the late 1880s until 1968 left a legacy of pollutants in the soil and groundwater, including heavy metals, cancer-causing polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, dioxin and petroleum products.
The agreed order calls for soil removal at toxic hot spots in five areas; use of buildings, pavement, parking areas and landscaping to cover areas of the property with less or no contamination; and treatment of stormwater and other water during soil removal.
The latest order with Ecology is an extension of the port’s decision in February 2008 to enter the East Bay redevelopment areas into Ecology’s formal cleanup program.
The museum on city property and the public plaza on LOTT property are moving ahead while another portion of the East Bay redevelopment project involving the port and Seattle developer Tarragon was scrapped last week. A lagging economy was the reason stated for the port and Tarragon parting ways.
Installation of utilities and streets to support East Bay redevelopment was recently completed, but not without considerable project delays.
A public comment period on the next round of cleanup on the LOTT and city parcels runs through Aug. 9, and a public meeting to discuss the cleanup plan is scheduled for July 29.
John Dodge: 360-754-5444 email@example.com.