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Embedded and attached is today's Site Register.  If you have any questions, need more information, or would like your name removed from this e-mailing list, please let me know.

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Sherrie Minnick
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Proposed Delisting from Hazardous Sites List Available for Public Review & Comment - Midstate Aviation, aka Bowers Field,  Facility Site ID No. 374, located at 1101 Bowers Road, Ellensburg, 98926, Kittitas County

Ecology is proposing to remove the Midstate Aviation site from its Hazardous Sites List.  The site is currently ranked a "3" on the list.  A rank of "1" is the highest level of concern compared to other sites on the list, and a rank of "5" is the lowest.

Since 1961, Midstate Aviation has operated an aerial pesticide application business on the property.  During aircraft tank loading and rinsing operations, pesticides and herbicides spilled and contaminated the soil and ground water.  The contaminants of concern include DDT, DDE, and Dinoseb, among others. 

The 1997 cleanup involved removing approximately 2,000 cubic yards of contaminated soil and monitoring the ground water. 

The latest quarterly ground water samples have indicated non-detectable levels of the contaminants.  Results of soil samples have been below state cleanup standards.  As a result, Ecology has determined the site is no longer a threat to human health and the environment and has recommended removing the site from the Hazardous Sites List

Documents are available for review at the following locations:

For more information or to submit written comments, please contact Antonio Valero, Site Manager, at the Ecology address listed above or at (509) 454-7840, e-mail [log in to unmask].

PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD:  8/15/02 - 9/16/02
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Phase II Agreed Order to Conduct Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study Proposed and Available for Public Review & Comment - Georgia Pacific Corp Chlor-Alkali Plant, Facility Site ID No. 14, located at 300 W. Laurel St., Bellingham, 98225, Whatcom County

Ecology and Georgia-Pacific Corporation are proposing a Phase II Agreed Order to conduct a Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study at the Georgia Pacific Corp Chlor-Alkali Plant site.  Phase I of the cleanup involved closing, decommissioning, and demolishing the plant's processing machinery and building.  The site is ranked a "5" on Ecology's Hazardous Sites List (a rank of "1" is the highest assessed risk compared to other sites on the list, and a "5" is the lowest).

From 1965 to 1999, Georgia-Pacific operated a chlor-alkali plant on the property that used mercury and brine to produce chlorine and sodium hydroxide (these products were used to bleach and pulp wood fiber).  In the process, mercury leaked or spilled and contaminated the site site's soil, sediments, and ground water.

The purpose of a Remedial Investigation is to determine the nature and extent of the contamination.  With this information, cleanup options are evaluated and presented in a Feasibility Study report.   In 1994, Georgia-Pacific completed an independent Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study (without Ecology oversight or approval).   The Phase II Agreed Order proposes Ecology review this report and Georgia-Pacific take the following actions:

Public Meeting:  A public meeting to discuss the RI/FS will be held on September 5, 7:00 p.m., at Whatcom Community College, Heiner Auditorium, 237 W. Kellogg Road, Bellingham.

The proposed Agreed Order is available for review at the following locations:

For more information or to submit written comments, please contact Paul Skyllingstad, Site Manager, at Department of Ecology, Industrial Section, PO Box 47706, Olympia WA  98504-7706, (360) 407- 6949, e-mail [log in to unmask].

PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD:  8/15/02 - 9/13/02
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Proposed Delisting from Hazardous Sites List Available for Public Review & Comment - Beebe Orchard Dump, Facility Site ID No. 371, located at McNeil Canyon & Corral Creek, Orondo, 98843, Douglas County

Ecology is proposing to remove the Beebe Orchard Dump site from its Hazardous Sites List.  The site is currently ranked a "5" on the list.  A rank of "1" is the highest level of concern compared to other sites on the list, and a rank of "5" is the lowest.

The site was used as a burn dump for approximately 90 years.  Household trash and orchard waste were burned at the site.  Throughout the years, it also became a dump site for all sorts of waste, including pesticides.

Cleanup of the site involved removing 8,150 cubic yards of waste.  Soil and ground water samples were later taken and confirmed the cleanup was successful.  All sample results were within acceptable state cleanup standards.

Based on a review of cleanup and sampling reports, Ecology has determined the site no longer poses a threat to human health and the environment and has recommended removing the site from the Hazardous Sites List.

Documents may be reviewed at the following locations:

For more information or to submit written comments, please contact Brian Deeken, Site Manager, at the Ecology address listed above or at (509) 454-7836, e-mail [log in to unmask].

PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD:  8/5/02 - 9/4/02
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Site to be Removed from August 2002 Hazardous Sites List - Adams County Maintenance Shop Othello, Facility Site ID No. 562, located at Highway 26, Othello, 99344, Adams County

No comments were received during the June 6 through July 5, 2002, public comment period for delisting the ranked "3" site from the state's Hazardous Sites List.  As a result, the site will be removed from August 2002 Hazardous Sites List.

For more information, please contact Patti Carter, Site Manager, at (509) 456-6167 or e-mail [log in to unmask].
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Draft Consent Decree, Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study Report,  Cleanup Action Plan, and State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) Determination of Non-Significance (DNS) Available for Public Review & Comment - Holly Street Landfill,  Facility Site ID No. 2925, located at 400-900 W. Holly Street, Bellingham, 98225, Whatcom County

Ecology is proposing a Consent Decree to implement the Cleanup Action Plan at the Holly Street Landfill site.  The Cleanup Action Plan, which is based on information gathered during the Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study, describes the cleanup remedy proposed for the site.

The ranked-2 site is approximately 13 acres in size and is located on both sides of Whatcom Creek.   The northwest side of the creek contains roughly 9.1 acres of waste and the southeast side (Maritime Heritage Park) contains 3.8 acres of waste.  The waste includes debris and scrap materials consistent with landfill practices at the time of disposal (from 1937 to 1953).

The cleanup proposed for the site includes the following:

Ecology has determined these actions will not have an adverse impact on the environment and has issued a SEPA DNS. 

All of the draft documents are available for review at the following locations: 

For more information or to submit written comments, please contact Nnamdi Madakor, Site Manager, at the Department of Ecology, PO Box 47600, Olympia WA  98504-7600 or (360) 407-7244, e-mail [log in to unmask].

PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD:  8/12/02 - 9/20/02
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Proposed Delisting from Hazardous Sites List Available for Public Review & Comment - Boitano Site, Facility Site ID No. 39816865, located at 2800 Pacific Hwy E., Fife, 98424, Pierce County

Ecology is proposing to remove the Boitano Site from its Hazardous Sites List.  The site is currently ranked a "3" on the list.  A rank of "1" is the highest level of concern compared to other sites on the list, and a rank of "5" is the lowest.

The Boitano Site was discovered in 1992 during an evaluation of property located to its west (what is now Extended Stay America).  Petroleum product and fill material were found at the northeast corner of the site.  In 1998, close to 27,000 pounds of contaminated soil and drums were removed and disposed.  The drums contained petroleum hydrocarbons, lead, arsenic, and chromium.  Subsequently, more drums were found that contained roof tar and heavy oils.   As a result, the soil was excavated extensively in search of additional drums.  None were found.  Because the native soil in areas not excavated is only two to three feet below the surface, there is little reason to suspect there are more drums buried at the site.


The last three rounds of ground water sampling (October 2001, January 2002, and April 2002) did not detect contamination or detected contamination below state cleanup standards.

Pertinent documents may be reviewed at the Department of Ecology, Southwest Regional Office, 300 Desmond Drive, Lacey.

For more information or to submit written comments, please contact Chuck Cline, Site Manager, at the Department of Ecology, SW Regional Office, PO Box 47775, Olympia WA  98504-7775 or (360) 407-6267, e-mail [log in to unmask].

PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD:  7/26/02 - 8/27/02
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Agreed Order Proposed for Interim Action, Remedial Investigation, and State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) Determination of Non Significance (DNS) Available for Public Review & Comment - Former General Electric Aviation Division, Facility Site ID No. 2522, located at 220 S. Dawson St., Seattle, 98108, King County

Ecology and the General Electric Company are proposing an Agreed Order to conduct an Interim Action and Remedial Investigation at the Former General Electric Aviation Division site.  This site is ranked "2" on the Hazardous Sites List.  A rank of "1" is the highest level of concern compared to other sites on the list and a rank of "5" is the lowest.

The Agreed Order and SEPA DNS are available for review at the following locations:

For more information or to submit written comments, please contact Dean Yasuda, Site Manager, at the Ecology address listed above or at (425) 649-7264, e-mail [log in to unmask].

PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD:  through August 29, 2002
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ECOLOGY CONSULTATIONS (conducted under the Voluntary Cleanup Program)
Consultants or property owners/operators complete a report summary and request for assistance form and submit with a $500 deposit to Ecology.  Department of Ecology staff then provides consultations or opinions about whether further action is needed at the site.  The following consultations have been completed. 

Chelan County - 7 Eleven Store 2301 20469K, Facility Site ID No. 51117751, 1100 N. Miller St., Wenatchee, 98801
Ecology's Voluntary Cleanup Program has reviewed an independent cleanup report relating to this site.  Based on this information, Ecology has concluded the release addressed in this report does not represent a threat to human health and the environment and has issued a No Further Action letter.  For more information, please contact Frosti Smith at (509) 454-7841 or e-mail [log in to unmask].

Chelan County - Jackpot 091, Facility Site ID No. 54468483, 1754 N. Wenatchee Ave., Wenatchee, 98001
Ecology's Voluntary Cleanup Program has reviewed an independent cleanup report relating to this site.  Based on this information, Ecology has concluded further action is required at the site.  For more information, please contact Frosti Smith at (509) 454-7841 or e-mail [log in to unmask].

King County - Budget Rent A Car Bellevue, Facility Site ID No. 87213298, 111 108th NE, Bellevue, 98004
Ecology's Voluntary Cleanup Program has reviewed an independent cleanup report relating to this site.  Based on this information, Ecology has concluded the release addressed in this report does not represent a threat to human health and the environment and has issued a No Further Action letter.  For more information, please contact Teri Fisher at (425) 649-4446 or e-mail [log in to unmask].

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Tax Incentives for Environmental Remedial Action

A site owner may receive an exemption from certain state taxes for remedial actions conducted under the Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA) or the Federal Superfund law (CERCLA).   The intent is to encourage site owners to conduct remedial actions at sites that otherwise would not be conducted. 

To receive the tax exemption, two forms must be completed and submitted to the departments of Revenue and Ecology:

1.   The site owner must complete an "Owner/Agency Certification of Environmental Remedial Action" form.
2.   The environmental professional (typically the consultant working for the owner) must complete a "Professional Certification Confirming Environmental Remedial Action" form that certifies the work is an environmental remedial action under MTCA or CERCLA.

Information about the tax exemption and copies of the forms mentioned above are available on the Internet at:
http://dor.wa.gov/Docs/Pubs/SpecialNotices/1998/sn_98_enviro.pdf.

When completing the forms, please remember the following.

Please note that the following are not eligible for the tax exemption:

For more information, please contact Pete Kmet, Department of Ecology, at (360) 407-7199 or Elizabeth Roberts, Department of Revenue, at (360) 902-7030.

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Brownfields Tax Incentive

The Brownfields Tax Incentive encourages brownfields redevelopment by allowing site owners to immediately reduce their taxable income by the cost of their eligible cleanup expenses.  This incentive creates an immediate tax advantage from these expenses, helping to offset short-term cleanup costs. 

Generally, site owners may deduct expenses that are paid or incurred in connection with the abatement or control of hazardous materials.  Types of eligible expenses include:

Please note:  Sites listed or proposed for listing on EPA's Superfund National Priorities List are not eligible for the incentive.

To use the tax incentive on a brownfields redevelopment project, the property must be held by the taxpayer, and the taxpayer must hold the property for business or income generation purposes.

In order for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to accept deductions on a tax return, you must submit a verification statement from Ecology that verifies the property is a contaminated site.  You may receive a verification statement by contacting Sherrie Minnick, Department of Ecology, at (360) 407-7200, e-mail [log in to unmask].

Additional information about the Brownfields Tax Incentive is available on the Internet at http://www.epa.gov/brownfields/bftaxinc.htm

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