Coordinating Toxic Cleanup with Future Site Utilization

by Jeffrey A. Dickison, Port of Olympia, Olympia, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '93


The Port of Olympia owns a site where former industrial activity left a legacy of toxic contamination, and which is currently involved in a cleanup action. A waterfront site which was previously occupied by a wood preservative plant has remaining creosote and pentachlorophenol is soils and groundwater. The site is the subject of a Consent Decree for cleanup action under the State of Washington Model Toxics Control Act. As the cleanup progresses, several factors are helping the Port assess future uses for the site. A Citizens Advisory Committee is advising the Port on the efficacy of cleanup strategies and will ultimately help to determine the desired level of cleanup. An Urban Waterfront Plan adopted by the City of Olympia as part of their Shoreline Master Program will have an effect on new site uses and characteristics. In addition, the Port itself is undertaking a far reaching strategic planning process to identify future directions and land use alternatives on Port property. Each of these influences must be coordinated with the site cleanup in order that the property may be restored to productivity.

Subject Headings: Toxicity | Ports and harbors | Coastal management | Wood preservatives | Land use | Material properties | Soil pollution | Pollution | Washington | United States

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