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Bremerton Gasworks Superfund Site

Site Information

Contacts:

Bill Ryan (ryan.william@epa.gov), Remedial Project Manager, 206-553-8561

Debra Sherbina (sherbina.debra@epa.gov), Community Involvement Coordinator, 206-553-0247

Beach Sampling in July 2013

On or after the week of July 8, Cascade Natural Gas and its contractors, with EPA oversight, will collect samples on the beach north of the old Bremerton Gasworks. This is being done to determine whether manufactured gas plant waste from the old gasworks is still present on the beach. We expect the work will take two to three days to complete.

The work will take place during daylight hours. This sampling effort is part of the ongoing study of the Bremerton Gasworks Superfund Site. It will help EPA better characterize the contamination present to help us develop possible future cleanup options.

If you have questions or concerns about this work, contact Kathy Parker at parker.kathy@epa.gov or 800-424-4372 ext. 0062.

Agreement reached between EPA and Cascade Natural Gas

EPA and Cascade Natural Gas (Cascade) have entered into a legal agreement (PDF) (69 pp, 748K) that will have Cascade conduct investigation work at the Superfund site. The first step will be for Cascade to evaluate beach sediments near the former Gasworks site for contamination to determine if additional short-term cleanup work is necessary. This work will begin in spring 2013. The agreement also begins the remedial investigation and feasibility study work which will ultimately determine the long-term cleanup approach for the site.

Community Involvement Plan Now Available

We have developed a Community Involvement Plan for the Bremerton Gasworks Superfund Site (PDF) (8 pp, 912K).  It is the EPA’s plan for involving stakeholders in site investigation and cleanup activities. The plan reflects input gathered from public sessions held in Bremerton in September 2012. People who attended told us how they want to be involved, receive site information, and their concerns about the site. We welcome input on the plan or our community engagement efforts at any time. Contact Debra Sherbina, Community Involvement Coordinator, at sherbina.debra@epa.gov or 800-424-4372, extension 0247.

Site Description

The Bremerton Gasworks is a former manufactured gas plant located about a mile and a half north of downtown Bremerton, Washington. It occupies land along the Port Washington Narrows in Puget Sound. The Puget Sound is designated an estuary of national significance under the Clean Water Act. Two species of federally listed endangered or threatened fish live near the site. The portion of the Puget Sound near the site is used as a sport and commercial fishery and as a subsistence fishery by the Suquamish Tribe.

The Bremerton Gasworks produced fuel gas by blending and heating various materials and air. The gas produced was used for multiple purposes, including lighting, heating and cooking. Byproducts of the gas manufacturing processes have contaminated soils, groundwater and sediments at the site.

The Gasworks produced gas using the carbureted water gas method from about 1930 to the mid-1950s. Between the mid-1950s and 1963, the facility produced gas by blending propane and air. By 1968, above-ground gasoline and oil tanks on the plant site had been removed. By the 1980s, the remaining above-ground gas plant features had been removed. Most of the former facility area is now vacant, although surrounding properties are used for commercial and industrial purposes.

Bremerton Gasworks Site Added to National Priorities List

Documents supporting the site listing can be viewed at the EPA Records Center, 1200 6th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101, 206-553-4494 or online by visiting: www.regulations.gov and typing “Bremerton Gasworks” into the search box.

For more information about the listing of the site, please contact Ken Marcy(marcy.ken@epa.gov), NPL Coordinator, 206-553-2782 or Debra Sherbina (sherbina.debra@epa.gov), Community Involvement Coordinator, 206-553-0247.

Site Contaminants

To date, various contaminants have been detected within upland soils, ground water beneath the former plant site, and within the Port Washington Narrows sediments. Contaminants include tars which are associated with the gas manufacturing processes used at the former facility. These tars contain volatile aromatics and carcinogenic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.

Heavy metals and benzene, among other contaminants, have also been found at the site. Upland soils contain contaminants with concentrations above the EPA Regional Screening Levels to about 30 feet below the ground. Ground water beneath the former plant site is also contaminated. Sediments in the Port Washington Narrows near the former plant site contain concentrations of contaminants above the Adverse Effects Levels established by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Investigation and Cleanup Activities

The City of Bremerton, the Washington State Department of Ecology, EPA, Cascade Natural Gas, and the U.S. Coast Guard have been involved in a number of assessments at the site. In fall 2010, the U.S. Coast Guard issued an order to Cascade Natural Gas to remove a pipe that was releasing tars into the Port Washington Narrows. Forty feet of pipe was removed and the pipe was plugged. Contaminated sediments near the pipe were also removed. Visibly contaminated sediments were covered with organo-clay mats and clean beach materials to act as a temporary cap. The removal action addressed a limited area of contaminated sediments, but did not address upland soils or contaminated ground water.

Key Documents

You may request appendices or additional documents from either Bill Ryan (ryan.william@epa.gov), the Remedial Project Manager at 206-553-8561, or Debra Sherbina (sherbina.debra@epa.gov), the Community Involvement Coordinator at 206-553-0247.

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