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Oregon Bulletin

September 1, 2011

OTHER NOTICES

 

DEQ DETERMINES
NO FURTHER ACTION REQUIRED, WALT’S CONCRETE
SITE, SPRINGFIELD, OREGON

PROJECT LOCATION: 945 North 28th Street, Springfield

HIGHLIGHTS: The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has approved the cleanup conducted at the former Walt’s Concrete site at 945 North 28th Street in Springfield, Oregon. As a result of this approval, DEQ has issued a determination that no further action is required for investigation or cleanup of the site.

The property was formerly a construction materials processing facility that held three underground tanks to store petroleum products. A petroleum release from the underground tank system was reported in 1993 during decommissioning activities. In addition to the tank system, several areas across the property were affected by surface spills from containers and equipment. Contaminated soil was removed from two spill locations as part of 2009 cleanup efforts. Analysis for petroleum showed some contamination remaining following the removal of 970 tons of contaminated soil. Groundwater was tested in 2010 and showed petroleum present but at concentrations below risk levels.

Based on available data, the site is considered safe for commercial or industrial uses. DEQ has concluded that there is no threat to human health and the environment under current site conditions.

A file containing detailed information for the site is available for review in DEQ’s office located in Suite 100 at 165 East 7th Avenue in Eugene. Questions concerning this site should be directed to Cathy Rodda at DEQ’s Eugene office by calling her at 541-687-7325 or toll-free in Oregon at 1-800-844-8467, extension 7325.

OPPORTUNITY FOR PUBLIC COMMENT
RECORD OF DECISION, FORMER SIMPLOT
SOILBUILDERS, VALE, OREGON
ECSI # 1216

Comment Due: September 30, 2011

Project Location: 213 Oregon Street, Vale, Oregon

Proposal: The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) extends an opportunity for the public to comment on the DEQ’s Record-of-Decision (ROD) for the former Simplot Soilbuilders facility, located in Vale, Oregon.

The former Simplot Soilbuilders facility ROD describes relevant information related to site investigations and interprets this information for the purpose of eligibility for a No Further Action for the facility. The DEQ’s Bend, Oregon office is the repository for the draft ROD and it is also available for review on the DEQ’s website at: http://www.deq.state.or.us/Webdocs/Forms/Output/FPController.ashx?SourceId=1216&SourceIdType=11

The administrative file for this facility can be reviewed by contacting Mr. Cliff Walkey, DEQ’s project manager located in Bend, Oregon at (541) 633-2003.

How to Comment: A public comment period will extend from September 1 through September 30, 2011. Please address all comments and/or inquiries to Mr. Cliff Walkey at the following address:

Cliff Walkey

Department of Environmental Quality

475 NE Bellevue, Ste. 110

Bend, Oregon 97701

(541) 633-2003

walkey.cliff@deq.state.or.us

Upon written request by ten or more persons or by a group with a membership of 10 or more, a public meeting will be held to receive verbal comments.

The Next step: DEQ will consider all public comments received before making a final decision regarding the “No Further Action” determination.

OPPORTUNITY TO COMMENT
PROPOSED NO FURTHER ACTION
Salem Air Route Surveillance Radar (ARSR)
Polk County, Oregon

Comment Due: September 30, 2011

Project Location: Laurel Mtn., Polk County

Proposal: Pursuant to Oregon Revised Statute (ORS) 465.315, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is proposing to issue a No Further Action determination for the Federal Aviation Administration’s Salem ARSR site, located on the crest of Laurel Mtn., approximately 25 miles west of Salem, Oregon. The site is also proposed for de listing from the Confirmed Release List and Inventory of Hazardous Substances.

The Voluntary Cleanup Program has reviewed assessment and cleanup activities performed at the site. The site has been used as a radar facility since construction in 1958. The site is part of a 40 acre timber track parcel.

Contamination issues at the site were first identified in 1991 and multiple assessments and removal actions have been performed to define and address impacted soil. Contamination was primarily limited to shallow soils. Based on the results of the assessments and removal actions performed at the site, additional cleanup is not required. Residual contamination has been determined not to be a threat to human health or the environment.

Additional information concerning site-specific investigations and remedial actions is available in DEQ’s Environmental Cleanup Site Information (ECSI) database located on the web at http://www.deq.state.or.us/lq/ecsi/ecsi.htm under Site ID 1364.

Site specific information is also available by contacting Katie Robertson, DEQ’s project manager for this site. The Administrative File for this facility is located at DEQ’s Pendleton office, and can be reviewed in person by contacting the project manager at the number below to arrange for an appointment.

How to Comment: The public comment period will end on September 30, 2011. Please address all comments and/or inquiries to project manager at the following address:

Katie Robertson

Department of Environmental Quality

700 SE Emigrant, Suite 330

Pendleton, OR 97801

(541) 278-4620

robertson.katie@deq.state.or.us

Upon written request by ten or more persons or by a group with a membership of 10 or more, a public meeting will be held to receive verbal comments.

The Next step: DEQ will consider all public comments received before making a final decision regarding the “No Further Action” determination and the site’s de-listing.

Request for Comments
Cleanup Action Completed for A&K Designs

COMMENTS DUE: 5 p.m., September 30, 2011

PROJECT LOCATION: 8333 SE Harney Street, Portland, Oregon

PROPOSAL: DEQ seeks comment on the proposal to issue a determination that no further cleanup activities are necessary for the A&K Designs site. DEQ has reviewed investigation and removal actions performed by A&K Designs, Inc., and have concluded that contamination attributed to former operations has been addressed. The proposed action is consistent with Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) 465.200 through 465.455 and Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) Chapter 340, Division 122, Sections 010 to 115.

HIGHLIGHTS: The 2.75-acre property was used as an automotive repair facility and wrecking yard for many years. Johnson Creek crosses the northwest corner of the site. This portion of Johnson Creek is designated as an environmental zone by the City of Portland. A&K Designs is redeveloping the site for commercial use.

Investigation indicated petroleum hydrocarbon contamination was present in near-surface soils. Investigation and soil removal
activities coincided with preparation and excavation activities for a commercial structure now located on the property. The cleanup strategy consisted of removal of impacted soils with depth until soil samples confirmed there was no detection of petroleum hydrocarbons. Debris and objects encountered during soil removal or construction activities were properly removed, including one dry well and two underground storage tanks. In total, approximately 3,000 tons of petroleum-impacted soils were removed from the site and transferred to a regulated disposal facility.

A risk-based evaluation consistent with DEQ guidance was completed following investigation and removal actions. DEQ has concluded that the cleanup has restored the site to conditions protective for human health or the environment for current and reasonably likely future land use.

HOW TO COMMENT: Send written comments to the DEQ Project Manager Erin McDonnell at DEQ Northwest Region, 2020 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 400, Portland, Oregon 97201, or mcdonnell.erin@deq.state.o.us by 5 p.m., September 30, 2011. The project file is available for public review at the DEQ. For a review appointment please call (503) 229-6729. Information is also available on DEQ’s website at: http://www.deq.state.or.us/lq/ECSI/ecsi.htm

THE NEXT STEP: DEQ will consider all public comments received within the public comment period and prior issuance of a no further action determination.

ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION: DEQ is committed to accommodating people with disabilities. Please notify DEQ of any special physical or language accommodations or if you need information in large print, Braille or another format. To make these arrangements, contact DEQ Communications & Outreach (503) 229-5696 or toll free in Oregon at (800) 452-4011; fax to 503-229-6762; or e-mail to deqinfo@deq.state.or.us.

People with hearing impairments may call DEQ’s TTY number 711.

A CHANCE TO COMMENT ON
PROPOSED REMEDIAL ACTION FOR
PORT OF PORTLAND CONCOURSE A/B RAMP SITE

COMMENTS DUE: Monday October 3, 2011

PROJECT LOCATION: Port of Portland International Airport; Concourse A-B Ramp; Portland, Oregon

PROPOSAL: Pursuant to Oregon Revised Statute, ORS 465.320, the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) issues this notice of a proposed remedial action for a portion of the Port of Portland’s property. The DEQ will consider public comments in finalizing its selection of a final remedy. Send written comments on the proposed remedial action to Anna Coates, Oregon DEQ, Northwest Region, 2020 SW 4th Ave., Suite 400, Portland, Oregon 97201, or e-mail to coates.anna@deq.state.or.us. by 5 p.m. on Monday October 3, 2011.

HIGHLIGHTS: Groundwater contamination was first identified at the site in 2003 in the form of light non-aqueous phase liquid (LNAPL). The LNAPL was analyzed and found to be a light, diesel-range product consistent with jet fuel. Additional analysis, including age dating, showed that the petroleum had been in the subsurface for 10 to 20 years and is not a recent or ongoing release. The Port undertook independent investigations including soil and groundwater sampling and analysis, and a program of regular product removal.

In July 2008, DEQ and the Port entered into a consent order (LQVC-NWR-07-08) that required investigation and cleanup of the petroleum contamination. An investigation to determine the nature and extent of the petroleum contamination in soil and groundwater was completed in 2008. The area of impact was found to be confined to an area of Port property approximately 100 feet north-south by 200 feet east-west. Only the uppermost water table is impacted, which occurs in unconsolidated fill and overbank deposits. The water table aquifer fluctuates seasonally between 8 and 14 feet below ground surface. Groundwater concentrations are decreasing with time.

The proposed remedial action includes removal of the LNAPL from wells and offsite recycling of the recovered LNAPL. In addition, the Port will implement institutional controls to prevent exposure of workers to petroleum-impacted media. The estimated cost for the cleanup, including operations and maintenance, is approximately $0.1 million. The cleanup is estimated to take 10 to 15 years to complete.

HOW TO COMMENT: Written comments can be sent to DEQ Northwest Region at 2020 SW Fourth Ave., Suite 400, Portland, Oregon 97201-4987. To view the project files please call Dawn Weinberger, File Review Specialist, at (503) 229-6729 to schedule an appointment (ask for ECSI file #4739). If you have any questions, please call the DEQ project manager, Anna Coates, at 503-229-5213 or by email at coates.anna@deq.state.or.us.

THE NEXT STEP: Once the public comment period has closed DEQ will consider all comments before making a decision concerning the final cleanup remedy.

Proposed Conditional No Further Action
for Gateway Bingo

COMMENTS DUE: 5 p.m., Friday, September 30, 2011.

PROJECT LOCATION: 10506 NE Halsey Street, Portland,
Oregon.

PROPOSAL: The Department of Environmental Quality invites public comment on its proposal to issue a conditional no further action determination for the Gateway Bingo site. DEQ has reviewed site investigation and cleanup performed by the current owner, Portland Development Commission, and has determined that no further cleanup actions are necessary provided institutional controls (deed restrictions) are put into place and properly observed.

HIGHLIGHTS: The site is a 2.05-acre parcel in Northeast Portland that was formerly occupied by a bowling alley, dry cleaning facility, clothing shop, laundry facility and bingo parlor. It is currently cleared and has been proposed for redevelopment as a public park.

Investigations identified soil contaminated with the dry-cleaning solvent tetrachloroethene. More than 6,000 tons of contaminated soil were excavated from the site and disposed of at Hillsboro Landfill. Seven drywells were discovered and tetrachloroethene was found. The wells were decommissioned per DEQ requirements. Deeper soil testing was completed at several locations and a monitoring well installed to test for potential groundwater contamination. No significant contamination was found.

A risk-assessment was completed following the investigative and cleanup actions. The DEQ has determined tetrachloroethene levels do not present a significant health risk for direct contact exposure with soil. Low levels of contaminants were observed in groundwater, but were below risk-based criteria for consumption (additionally groundwater is not used for drinking water in the vicinity of the site). However, tetrachloroethene remaining in soil could present a hazard for breathing air in indoor settings if structures were built in proximity to the area of contamination. Property use restrictions prohibiting the placement of buildings within the area of concern will be ensured through filing of an Easement and Equitable Servitude.

The proposed conditional no further action is documented in the “File Memorandum” for the site dated August 9, 2011. DEQ will consider all public comments received by the close of the comment period before issuing the no further action decision.

HOW TO COMMENT: Send written comments on the proposed remedial action to the DEQ Project Manager, Michael Greenburg, at Oregon DEQ, Northwest Region, 2020 SW 4th Ave., Suite 400, Portland, Oregon 97201, or greenburg.michael@deq.state.or.us by 5 p.m., Friday, September 30, 2011. To view the project files please call Dawn Weinberger, File Review Specialist, at (503) 229-6729 to schedule an appointment. If you have any questions, please contact the project manager at 503 229-5153.

THE NEXT STEP: DEQ will consider all public comments received by the deadline. In the absence of comments, DEQ will issue a NFA for the site.

ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION: DEQ is committed to accommodating people with disabilities. Please notify DEQ of any special physical or language accommodations or if you need information in large print, Braille or another format. To make these arrangements, contact DEQ Communications & Outreach (503) 229-5696 or toll free in Oregon at (800) 452-4011; fax to 503-229-6762; or e-mail to deqinfo@deq.state.or.us.

People with hearing impairments may call 711.

Request for Comments
Proposal for Cleanup and Consent Judgment
for the Alder Creek Lumber Company Site

COMMENTS DUE: October 3, 2011, 4:30 p.m.

PROJECT LOCATION: 14456 NW Gillihan Road, Multnomah County (southern tip of Sauvie Island)

PROPOSAL: DEQ is proposing to approve a cleanup plan for the Alder Creek Lumber site and to enter into a consent judgment with Portland Harbor Holdings II, LLC (Portland Harbor Holdings). Portland Harbor Holdings intends to purchase the site for the purpose of creating a combination of riparian, channel, tidal marsh and mud flat habitats. This will involve removal of approximately 100,000 cubic yards of non-contaminated wood debris, removal of the existing sawmill structures, and removal of approximately 600,000 cubic yards of soil. Most of the soil to be excavated is either clean or has only minor contamination. It is anticipated that this material will be relocated just north of an existing levy that will form the northern boundary of the proposed riparian/aquatic habitat area. Material with significant contamination will be disposed of at one or more permitted landfills. Materials from demolished structures will be disposed of, recycled or reused, subject to environmental requirements. To ensure permanent protection of the site as a wildlife habitat, a conservation easement or deed restriction will be assigned to a non-profit entity or government organization approved by the Portland Harbor Trustees. Under the proposed consent judgment, Portland Harbor Holdings would receive protection from potential liability for
pre-acquisition releases of hazardous substances at or from the property.

HIGHLIGHTS: Lumber operations at the site ran from the early 1960s until October 2008, when the owners closed the sawmill. Current site activities are limited to processing and removal of wood chips for sale as landscaping material. Site soil and groundwater testing indicates there are localized areas of contamination, and that the majority of soil proposed for removal is relatively uncontaminated. Contaminants found in soil above risk screening criteria include petroleum hydrocarbons, metals, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and semivolatile organic compounds. Contaminants found in groundwater above risk screening criteria include petroleum hydrocarbons, metals, and semivolatile organic compounds. Site sampling results indicate that essentially no contamination will remain in the areas proposed for aquatic and riparian habitat after soil, woody debris and structures are removed.

HOW TO COMMENT: The project file may be reviewed by appointment at DEQ’s Northwest Region office, 2020 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 400, Portland, OR 97201. To schedule an appointment, contact Dawn Weinberger at 503-229-6729. For more information, please contact project manager Bob Schwarz by phone (541-298-7255, ext. 230) or by email (schwarz.bob@deq.state.or.us). To access site summary information in DEQ’s Environmental Cleanup Site Information (ECSI) database on the Internet, go to http://www.
deq.state.or.us/lq/ECSI/ecsiquery.asp, then enter ECSI# 2446 in the Site ID box and click “Submit” at the bottom of the page. Next, click the link labeled ECSI # 2446 in the Site ID/Info column. To submit comments, send them by email to Mr. Schwarz at the email address listed above, or by mail to Oregon DEQ, 400 E. Scenic Drive, Suite 307, The Dalles, Oregon 97058. Comments must be received by 4:30 PM on the due date in order to be considered in DEQ’s decision. Upon written request by 10 or more persons or by a group having 10 or more members, DEQ will conduct a public meeting at or near the facility for the purpose of receiving verbal comments regarding the proposed action.

THE NEXT STEP: Subject to the comments received, DEQ intends to enter into the consent judgment with Portland Harbor Holdings, after which the company intends to purchase the property and proceed with the activities described above.

ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION: DEQ is committed to accommodating people with disabilities. Please notify DEQ of any special physical or language accommodations or if you need information in large print, Braille or another format. To make these arrangements, contact DEQ Communications & Outreach (503-229-5696 or toll free in Oregon at 800-452-4011; fax to 503-229-6762; or e-mail to deqinfo@deq.state.or.us.)

 


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