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Department of Ecology seeks public input on contaminated site in Bothell

The Department of Ecology seeks public comment on an agreed order with the City of Bothell outlining plans to investigate and clean up groundwater contamination at a property acquired by the city.

The quarter-acre parcel is the site of the former Ultra Custom Care Cleaners. It is located at 18304 Bothell Way N.E. and was purchased by the city in 2012 for its municipal campus expansion project, which includes the new Bothell City Hall.

Preliminary studies have identified groundwater contamination at the site from tetrachloroethene, a solvent commonly used in the dry cleaning industry. This contamination extends under adjacent city-owned property and the public right of way.

Under the agreed order — a legal agreement under Washington’s cleanup law — the city will prepare a detailed investigation of contamination at the site and a feasibility study of cleanup options, leading to a proposed draft cleanup plan.

The Department of Ecology will present each of these studies and plans to the public for review and comment.

Bothell also will prepare an interim cleanup plan to address contamination in conjunction with the city’s planned demolition of the existing building.

The Department of Ecology and the city seek comments on a public participation plan for the site.

A public comment period on the agreed order and public participation plan will open from January 18 through February 19.

Comments may be sent to Sunny Becker, Site Manager, Department of Ecology, 3190 160th Ave. SE, Bellevue WA 98008, or sunny.becker@ecy.wa.gov.

For more information and background on this proposal, please see Ecology's fact sheet.

For details on the site, including web links to the agreed order and public participation plan click here.

For details on Bothell’s municipal campus expansion go here.

 

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