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Wyckoff cleanup discussion on Wednesday

Discussions about possible cleanup actions at the contaminated Wyckoff wood treatment site on will continue Wednesday with an open house at 5:30 p.m. followed by a 6:30 p.m. presentation by officials with the state Department of Ecology.

The meeting will be at IslandWood, 4450 Blakely Ave NE.

Ecology officials are working with a task force to develop an alternative to a containment option proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which plans to turn the site over to Ecology.

Ecology officials say they don’t like the idea of leaving massive amounts of creosote compounds in the ground for many years to come.

For information, visit Ecology’s website about the Wyckoff “generational remedy” at wyckoffgenerationalremedy.org. Notes taken during Wednesday’s meeting will be posted on the project’s Twitter site.

$3 million to clean Wyckoff lost in standoff between state, feds

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While talking to the EPA about a recent health risk assessment of the Pritchard Park-Wyckoff Superfund site (see previous post), I learned that most of a recent $5 million stimulus grant for cleaning and containing the contaminated area would have to be returned.

The reasons are complicated, but it basically comes down to the state and the feds not seeing eye-to-eye on what to do with the site and its million gallons of creosote and the millions of dollars needed to maintain it.

Read all about it here.