Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Around the Sound: And we're under way on Bainbridge ...

By Seth Preston, Communications Manager, Toxics Cleanup Program

It's Tuesday morning. The expert panel is starting to talk about what kinds of alternatives might work to help clean up and contain contamination at the former Wyckoff wood-treating facility on Bainbridge Island.

Read here about the experts and what's going to be happening the next few days on the island.

It's no small task.

Wyckoff was one of the largest such facilities of its kind in the Northwest. Ken Preston, an expert panel member (and no relation to me), noted that many of the pilings still found around the Sound either were manufactured or were treated at the Wyckoff facility.

Right now, the byproducts of all that work -- creosote and other contamination -- amount to roughly 960,000 gallons of gunk in the ground. It's right on the edge of Puget Sound.

Currently, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has established a containment remedy at the site. This includes a containment wall and a water-treatment facility.

We're here to talk about the possibility of doing something else.

More to come ...

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