By Seth Preston, Communications Manager, Toxics Cleanup Program
The photos show crews digging up and removing contaminated soil at the Country Junction store in South Kitsap County.
Everett-based Clearcreek Contractors is heading the project at the gas station and convenience store. Country Junction is located at 5310 S.E. Highway 160 (Mile Hill Drive), on the southwest corner of the intersection of Highway 160 and Long Lake Road east of Port Orchard.
This week, workers dug into the former location of the dispenser island, and found out a significant amount of contamination. They dug out and trucked away a large amount of contaminated soil.
A store has operated on the site since the 1960s; at some point, the property also was used for bulk storage of heating fuel. An earlier cleanup (in 1990) removed five old underground storage tanks from the property. About 1,500 cubic yards of material was dug up, piled nearby and remediated in place above the ground. Since then, the site has been monitored. A few years ago, sampling and a subsequent investigation showed widespread groundwater contamination between the store and Long Lake Road. Ecology's project is focusing on that contamination and its sources.
Ecology is using about $500,000 in stimulus money provided under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). It’s one of several ARRA-funded projects that Ecology is undertaking.