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EPA to Remove South Tacoma Field Soil Cleanup from National Priorities List

Release Date: 6/14/2005
Contact Information: Kris Flint
(206) 553-8155

June 14, 2005

"EPA announces that all cleanup related to surface soils at South Tacoma Field site is completed"

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 10 has removed the South Tacoma Field Site Surface Soils from the National Priorities List (NPL), the list of the nation's most contaminated hazardous waste sites.

The South Tacoma Field site (STF) is part of the Commencement Bay South Tacoma Channel Superfund site. STF covers about 260 acres which are zoned for heavy industrial use, except at the northwest corner, which is zoned for residential use. STF is located between South 26th Street to the north and South 56th Street to the south, and between Tyler Way on the west and Adams Street on the east, in Tacoma, Pierce County, Washington.

In early 1999, soils with high levels of arsenic, lead, and other contaminants were consolidated and securely capped on site.

In 2003, EPA performed the site's first Five-Year Review and found that the cleanup protects people's health and environment. EPA will evaluate the cleanup every five years until ground water contamination meets EPA cleanup goals.

In February 2005, EPA issued the Final Close-out Report/Soils for South Tacoma Field, which summarizes information supporting the proposed deletion of site soils from the National Priorities List.

This deletion only applies to surface soils. Other parts of the site, such as groundwater, will need to meet cleanup goals, before they are deleted from EPA's list.

This action taken by EPA, will make the cleaned-up property more attractive for possible redevelopment.

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