The State Department of Ecology has scheduled a public meeting on Shelton’s C Street Landfill. The meeting is 6:30 PM Tuesday at the Shelton Civic Center. During the meeting, interested residents can hear about the C Street Landfill cleanup and Agreed Order. An open house will start at 6:30, then a presentation and question and answer session will begin at 7:00.
An Agreed Order and Public Participation Plan for the Shelton C Street Landfill site is available for public comment from February 8th to March 9th, 2016. The Agreed Order is a legal agreement that requires the City of Shelton to:
- Investigate the types and extent of contamination on the site through a remedial investigation.
- Explore cleanup options for the site through a feasibility study.
- Propose cleanup actions for the site through a cleanup action plan.
Here are links to both:
The Shelton C Street Landfill is just west of downtown Shelton and U.S. Hwy 101. The site was used as the city’s landfill until the mid-70s, and limited dumping occurred there until the early 80s.
The state’s Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA) defines the process and steps of cleaning up a contaminated site. A key step in the cleanup process is called a Site Hazard Assessment (SHA). The SHA is a preliminary evaluation of a site. Its purpose is to look into potential risk and assign priority for site cleanup. After an SHA, Ecology ranks the site with a score of 1 to 5, with 1 representing the highest level of potential risk.
In 2014, Ecology completed the SHA for the C Street Landfill and ranked it as a 3 on the Hazardous Sites List.
Ecology uses a ranking method to make sure that sites are ranked relative to each other. Some factors that enter into a SHA ranking are:
- The amount and type of contaminants present.
- Site characteristics.
- How easily contaminants come into contact with people and the environment.
When the public comment period closes for the Agreed Order, the City of Shelton will begin the work outlined in it. The public will be able to review and comment on future agreements and draft cleanup plans.
Public involvement is a key part of these future steps. The public will be able to provide comments on cleanup documents when they are ready. To be added to the site’s mail list, contact Megan MacClellan at 360-407-0067 or Megan.MacClellan@ecy.wa.gov.