Contaminated soil removed from Blaine building site

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJanuary 9, 2014 

Blaine dirt

A large pile of contaminated soil excavated from a building site at the end of Marine Drive in Blaine, Jan 9, 2014. The 1.5-acre site is located near the end of Marine Drive, off McMillan Avenue. The contamination was discovered during excavation for a new building for Boundary Fish Co.

PHILIP A. DWYER — THE BELLINGHAM HERALD Buy Photo

BLAINE - The Washington Department of Ecology is seeking public comment on a plan to dispose of contaminated soil excavated from a building site on Port of Bellingham property.

The 1.5-acre site is located near the end of Marine Drive, off McMillan Avenue. The contamination was discovered during excavation for a new building for Boundary Fish Co.

While the state and port are developing a long-term plan for cleanup of contamination left over from past boatyard operations in the area, that plan is still years away. The port and Ecology have agreed that it would be better to dispose of the contaminated soil from the site sooner than that.

About 230 cubic yards of soil contaminated with low levels of metals and hydrocarbons from diesel fuel have been dug out. The soil is stockpiled and covered nearby while the state agency goes through the legal process required before a disposal method is approved.

The state agency proposes to haul away the soil for disposal in a landfill approved to handle such material.

Public comment may be made between Jan. 13 and Feb. 12, 2014. The project details can be viewed at this link, at the Blaine Public Library or the Ecology office in Bellingham, 1440 10th St.

Comments can be submitted to Jing Liu, Ecology site manager, at jing.liu@ecy.wa.gov or 3190 160th Ave. SE, Bellevue, WA 98008.

Agency officials say they will consider all comments, and the work may be modified based upon comments received.

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