|The American Plating site on the Thea Foss before cleanup.|
Ecology's Toxics Cleanup Program and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency stepped in to remove all hazardous materials from the 1.5-acre site. But then the facility and its legal contamination sat abandoned.
A new beginning
|Cleanup in progress.|
But there wasn't enough money to finish the work.
Late that year, the Foss Waterway Development Authority and Ecology signed a purchase agreement for the site. However, it took years to secure funding for the remaining environmental work.
Funding was obtained in 2011 and cleanup restarted. The Foss Waterway Development Authority removed trash, waste metal, asphalt, and contaminated soil. It also capped exposed areas with clean soil.
|The float at Waterway Park.|
The site's future
Ecology wants to remove the site from the state's Hazardous Site List and is asking for public comments on that proposal through March 20. See Ecology's American Plating webpage for more information.
The development authority plans to seek funds to keep developing the park and has leased a portion of it to a canoe club.
|Taking in some sunshine at Waterway Park ...|
The organization, under its agreement with Ecology, must maintain groundwater monitoring wells at the site and preserve the soil caps that are now in place.