Thursday, March 18, 2010

Around the Sound: Back to Bainbridge

By Seth Preston, Communications Manager, Toxics Cleanup Program

Staff from Ecology’s Toxics Cleanup Program will be back on Bainbridge Island on Wednesday, March 24, to talk more about the Wyckoff cleanup site at Eagle Harbor.

The former wood-processing site, on the edge of Puget Sound, is contaminated with large amounts of creosote compounds produced by historic wood-treating operations. 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.

Our staff will meet with residents to talk about the work we’re doing to explore long-term solutions for the site. In January, Ecology brought in a panel of experts to look at the site and talk during workshops about possible cleanup actions. That effort culminated in a community meeting at IslandWood. Residents were able to talk one-on-one with the experts about the site and about possible cleanup work.

(For more on the workshops, see previous “Around the Sound” entries.)

The March 24 meeting will again be held at IslandWood, 4450 Blakely Ave. NE. An open house will start at 5:30 p.m., followed at 6:30 p.m. by a presentation and the opportunity for interested residents to ask questions.

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