Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Around the Sound: The ideas keep coming ...

By Seth Preston, Communications Manager, Toxics Cleanup Program

Following a lunch break, we’re back at it at IslandWood on Bainbridge Island.

“Cousin Ken” Preston of General Construction Co. in Seattle (OK, seriously, we are not related) talked about digging up and moving the contaminated soil to a disposal site somewhere in the Northwest. Ken, a Bainbridge Island resident, says it’s doable by using cranes to dig out the material and then barge it out of here.

But it’s a big project – Ken estimates roughly 500,000 cubic yards of material weighing around 700,000 tons would be removed. At about $100 a ton for removal and transport, that adds up.

(Side note: Ken suggested that he could run a hot dog stand at the park at the old Wyckoff site. “I need a retirement plan,” he joked. )

During his discussion, Ed Hicks of Black & Veatch in Alpharetta, GA, suggested a number of ways to improve the current containment method used by EPA.

Ed also noted that Wyckoff could be an “ideal site” for doing pilot studies on emerging cleanup methods, even though Ecology is more interested in moving ahead with a remedy instead of spending time and money on studies.

More to come. Remember, you can follow and join in the discussion at www.twitter.com/wyckoffgen. And here’s where to find the experts’ presentations under the entry for Jan. 12-14.

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