Report clears Cherry Point environmental site

Published: Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 06:27 PM.

Cherry Point identified the site and initial tests of soil and groundwater pointed to the need for more investigation of the site. Initial tests in 2002 found high levels of pesticides, lead and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons nearby, but those could not be directly linked to the site. Possible sources included an old debris pile as well as a 1996 oil spill near the area.

Testing of 156 samples in 2009 determined that the levels of pesticides and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in the soil exceeded standards, but no leeching into the groundwater was discovered. Lead found in the soil did not exceed standards.

According to the record of decision, the site was not the source of groundwater contamination in the area, and current or future use of the site is unlimited.

As part of the examination of the site, insects in the area were tested in 2005, with no unacceptable risks found. Because of the soil type as well as the steep slope, the area is not considered good habitat, and thus the ecological risk was determined not to be significant, according to the report.

The report also concludes that contaminants did not reach Slocum Creek and thus had no impact on habitat in the creek.

Based on the results of the 2009 tests, a report determined carcinogenic risks did not exceed EPA standards.

The test results as well as the previous removal of debris and soil that eliminated any potential sources of future contamination were factors in the report’s conclusions.

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