Kent soil cleanup site remains safe

  • Thursday, November 17, 2016 3:02pm
  • Business

The 1990s cleanup of contaminated soil at the Pacific Propeller site at 5802 S. 228th St. in Kent continues to protect public health and the environment, according to a periodic review by the state Department of Ecology.

Ecology reviews sites that have undergone cleanup if the cleanup included a special condition that must be maintained on the property. The reviews occur every five years.

Comments or questions about this site may be directed to Eugene Freeman, Department of Ecology, 3190 160th Ave SE., Bellevue, WA 98008; eugene.freeman@ecy.wa.gov. Or call 425-649-7191. Ecology seeks public comment on the review through Dec. 12.

The purposes of the review are to evaluate site conditions and to ensure continued protection of human health and the environment, when institutional controls are used as part of a remedy. Ecology will review comments received during the comment period and make recommendations for suggested changes.

Pacific Propeller, Inc. is in an industrial zone of the Kent Valley northwest of downtown Kent and east of the Green River. It is approximately one mile south of the Boeing Aerospace Facility.

Pacific Propeller has operated as an aviation repair facility since the end of World War II, moving to its current location in the early 1970s. Prior to construction and eventual building expansion the land was used for agricultural purposes. Operating within this structure are various machine tools, air compressors, paint booths, grinding machine, assembly/dis-assembly tools, hydraulic test stands and a plating department, in addition to basic office arrangements.

Since an initial 15,000-square-foot construction in 1968 the building has seen two major additions, resulting in a current size of 60,000 square feet as a single-story building with limited second-story space.

The facility is situated on approximately 5.2 acres, of which about 3 acres is covered by the building, asphalt parking lots, access drives and landscaping, with the remaining 2 acres being undeveloped.

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