Thursday, August 9, 2012

Around the Sound: Irondale cleanup starts soon

By Michael Bergman, Public Involvement Coordinator, Toxics Cleanup Program

Preparations start the week of Aug. 13 for cleanup and restoration work at the former Irondale Iron and Steel site (shown in the photo). Here’s our news release on the project.

The site in Jefferson County is contaminated with metals and total petroleum hydrocarbons from the now-defunct smelter’s operations from 1881 to 1919. Cleanup will include removing contaminated soils, sediments, and slag; capping remaining contamination; and restoring the beach.

The engineering design report for the cleanup was finalized in May 2012, and a contractor was chosen at the end of June.

During this phase of the cleanup the Irondale Beach Park will be closed. However, you will be able to use the Chimacum Creek beach area to the north of the cleanup site. The Irondale Beach Park will reopen after the cleanup and restoration work has been completed.

We are timing work at the site so that it will take place when it will least affect fish. This “fish window” lasts through late October. However, upland work can continue past that time.

This cleanup is part of the Puget Sound Initiative, a state plan to restore the health of the Sound by 2020. One of the initiative’s objectives is to clean up contaminated upland and in-water sites within one-half mile of the Sound’s shoreline.

We’ll update the Irondale website as we have more information about the progress of the cleanup. You can sign up for the site’s email list on the website, too.

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