Brandon Perkins (email@example.com), Site Assessment Manager: 206-553-6396
Ken Marcy (firstname.lastname@example.org), NPL Coordinator: 206-890-0591
Suzanne Skadowski (email@example.com), Press Officer: 206-553-6689
Warmhouse Beach Site Proposed to National Priority List
EPA is proposing to add the Warmhouse Beach dump on the Makah Reservation, in Neah Bay, Washington, to the Superfund National Priorities List (NPL). The 60-day public comment period is open through July 23, 2013.
How to submit your comments
Comments must be postmarked on or before July 23, 2013.
- Submit online at regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions and specify Docket #EPA-HQ-SFUND-2013-0207.
- Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Specify Docket #EPA-HQ-SFUND-2013-0207 in your subject line.
- Send a letter to EPA at:
Headquarters, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
CERCLA Docket Office (Mailcode 5305T)
1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20460
Read the Federal Register notice for full instructions on how to submit your comments.
Learn more about EPA's NPL public comment process
Where to review supporting documents
You can review materials supporting EPA's proposal at the following locations:
- Port Angeles Main Library, 2210 South Peabody Street
Port Angeles, WA 98362, M-Th 10-8; Fri 10-6; Sat 10-5
- Makah Tribal Center, 100 Resort Road
Neah Bay, WA 98357
- Makah Cultural & Research Center, 1800 Bayview Ave
Neah Bay, WA 98357
- EPA Region 10 Superfund Records Center, 1200 Sixth Avenue, 7th Floor
Seattle, WA 98101. Call for an appointment: 800-424-4372, ext. 4494
The Warmhouse Beach dump was a 7-acre municipal and hazardous waste dump used in the 1970s-1980s by the Makah Air Force Station and by tribal and non-tribal members until the dump was closed in 2012.
Contaminants found at the Warmhouse Beach dump and in nearby creeks include polyaromatic hydrocarbons or PAHs, polybrominated diphenyl ethers or PBDEs, perchlorate, metals, pesticides, polychlorinated biphenyls or PCBs, and dioxins. Mussels at the beaches also contain elevated concentrations of lead.
The Makah Tribe referred the Warmhouse Beach dump to EPA for Superfund cleanup based on concerns about harmful substances leaching from the dump to surface waters and the tribe’s traditionally significant shellfishing beaches.
Warmhouse Beach is an important natural and cultural resource for the Makah and they have used it as a traditional summer fishing camp and for subsistence harvest of sea urchins, mussels, and steamer clams. Warmhouse Beach is also used for camping, surfing, and other recreational activities.
EPA’s Superfund program investigates and cleans up complex and uncontrolled or abandoned hazardous waste sites to protect people’s health and the environment, with the ultimate goal of returning them to communities for productive use.