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CleanCare Removal Site

The CleanCare site is a former treatment, storage, disposal, recycling facility located in Tacoma, Washington, between the Hylebos and Blair waterways. The facility closed their doors on November 17, 1999. The Washington State Department of Ecology requested assistance from EPA in assessing the need for a immediate removal action at the site. In early December 1999, EPA conducted a removal assessment and determined that the 1.6 million gallons of waste on site poses a threat to human health and the environment. On December 17, 1999, EPA began conducting an emergency removal action at the site to address contact and non-contact storm water issues.

Washington State Department of Ecology penalizes CleanCare in August 1999



Documents: (Top) read about .pdf

Removal Action Complete - December 2000 Fact Sheet
Cleanup Nears Completion - July 2000 Fact Sheet
Drummed Wastes Removed - March 2000 Fact Sheet
EPA to Stabilize the CleanCare site - January 2000 Fact Sheet
Action Memo - January 5, 2000
Removal Administrative Record Index



Pollution Reports: (Top)
"PolReps" are presented in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format. read about .pdf
October 13, 2000
August 21, 2000
August 14, 2000
August 7, 2000
July 31, 2000
July 24, 2000
July 17, 2000
July 10, 2000
July 5, 2000
June 26, 2000
June 19, 2000
June 12, 2000
June 5, 2000
May 30, 2000
May 22, 2000
May 15, 2000
May 8, 2000
May 1, 2000
April 24, 2000
April 17, 2000
April 10, 2000
April 6, 2000
March 27, 2000
March 20, 2000
March 13, 2000
March 6, 2000
February 28, 2000
February 21, 2000
February 14, 2000
February 7, 2000
January 29, 2000
January 22, 2000
January 15, 2000
January 8, 2000
January 1, 2000
December 25, 1999
December 18, 1999 - initial



Removal Site Photos: (Top)
Map of the site
7/14/00:

image Workers using a Link Belt Hydraulic Shear to demolish Tank 3 located in Tank Farm 1.   The shear is beginning to make a series of cuts removing strips of steel.
Workers using a Link Belt Hydraulic Shear to demolish Tank 3 located in Tank Farm 1. The shear is beginning to make a series of cuts removing strips of steel.
image The shear machine pushes in the top of Tank 3, which will bring it to the ground where it can be further cut up into smaller pieces for transport to the scrap steel recycling facility.
The shear machine pushes in the top of Tank 3, which will bring it to the ground where it can be further cut up into smaller pieces for transport to the scrap steel recycling facility.
image Demolition of Tank 1 located in Tank Farm 1.  This is the largest tank on site.
Demolition of Tank 1 located in Tank Farm 1. This is the largest tank on site.
image Tank 1 apparently was built directly on the surface of the soil with no liners or concrete foundations.  None of the 4 tanks demolished in Tank Farm 1 were secured to the ground.
Tank 1 apparently was built directly on the surface of the soil with no liners or concrete foundations. None of the 4 tanks demolished in Tank Farm 1 were secured to the ground.
6/16/2000:
image Workers using vacuum truck to clean out sludge from Baker Tank .
Workers using vacuum truck to clean out sludge from Baker Tank .
image Empty drums being removed for reclamation and recycling.
Empty drums being removed for reclamation and recycling.
image View of sludge stabilization and process area.
View of sludge stabilization and process area.
image Solidified oil sludge leaving site for off-site disposal.
Solidified oil sludge leaving site for off-site disposal.

6/12/2000:
image Excavator mixing expanded Perlite (siliceous volcanic rock) with oil sludges for solidification.  Wastes are then placed in rolloff boxes for transportation to off-site disposal facility.
Excavator mixing expanded Perlite (siliceous volcanic rock) with oil sludges for solidification. Wastes are then placed in rolloff boxes for transportation to off-site disposal facility.
image Super Sucker Vacuum truck releasing oil sludge collected from Tank Farm 1 into solidification pit.
Super Sucker Vacuum truck releasing oil sludge collected from Tank Farm 1 into solidification pit.
image Super Sucker Vacuum Truck removing sludge from tanks in Tank Farm 1.
Super Sucker Vacuum Truck removing sludge from tanks in Tank Farm 1.
image Worker dressed in level B (personal protective equipment including a self-contained breathing aparatus) entering tank in Tank Farm 2 to remove oil sludge with Super Sucker vacuum truck.  Additional workers providing backup.
Worker dressed in level B (personal protective equipment including a self-contained breathing aparatus) entering tank in Tank Farm 2 to remove oil sludge with Super Sucker vacuum truck. Additional workers providing backup.
4/10/2000:
image Building 5 after drums have been removed.  Drums of product from vendors remain near back of building.
Building 5 after drums have been removed. Drums of product from vendors remain near back of building.
image Workers a top tanks in tank farm 3 sampling the contents to determine disposal options.
Workers a top tanks in tank farm 3 sampling the contents to determine disposal options.
image Drums from building 5 and other storage areas on site, staged in rows according to the type of waste or hazard class.  They are awaiting disposal.
Drums from building 5 and other storage areas on site, staged in rows according to the type of waste or hazard class. They are awaiting disposal.
image Vacuum trucks removing wastes from tank 1.  Exhaust from vacuum truck is first scrubbed free of chemicals by the two blue carbon adsorption units, before being released to the atmosphere.
Vacuum trucks removing wastes from tank 1. Exhaust from vacuum truck is first scrubbed free of chemicals by the two blue carbon adsorption units, before being released to the atmosphere.
2/18/2000:
image Workers staging drums of compatible waste prior to bulking into a temporary aboveground storage tank for eventual off-site disposal.  Samples of the drum contents were analyzed in the field to determine waste characterization and compatibility.Workers staging drums of compatible waste prior to bulking into a temporary aboveground storage tank for eventual off-site disposal. Samples of the drum contents were analyzed in the field to determine waste characterization and compatibility.image Workers using an excavator to crush empty drums.  Drum contents were bulked into a temporary aboveground storage tank.  Crushed drums were also bulked prior to disposal.Workers using an excavator to crush empty drums. Drum contents were bulked into a temporary aboveground storage tank. Crushed drums were also bulked prior to disposal.image Worker placing EPA-specific identification markings on 596 of the drums that were removed from CleanCare’s container storage pads, Building 5, and from on-site box trailers.  These drums, representing about 20% of wastes in drums, were segregated acWorker placing EPA-specific identification markings on 596 of the drums that were removed from CleanCare’s container storage pads, Building 5, and from on-site box trailers. These drums, representing about 20% of wastes in drums, were segregated according to the company that generated the waste and are awaiting disposal. Generators of these wastes have been given an opportunity by EPA to arrange for off-site transportation and disposal of their wastes to another facility.
2/11/2000:
image Workers using an excavator to crush oil filter drumsWorkers using an excavator to crush oil filter drums
after the filters were bulked for off site disposal.
image Contractors wearing supplied air respirator systems to sample the contents of  drums inside of Building 5.  Drums were marked with CleanCare as the generator.Contractors wearing supplied air respirator systems to sample the contents of drums inside of Building 5. Drums were marked with CleanCare as the generator.image Temporary on-site wastewater treatment system used to treat contact wastewater found inside of the tank farm's secondary containment systems.Temporary on-site wastewater treatment system used to treat contact wastewater found inside of the tank farm's secondary containment systems.image Workers cleaning temporary storage tank after wastewater was pumped through the temporary on-site treatment system.Workers cleaning temporary storage tank after wastewater was pumped through the temporary on-site treatment system.
1/29/2000:
image Contractors collecting samples from the oil, water, and sludge phases inside of Tank 1 for analytical testing to determine disposal options.Contractors collecting samples from the oil, water, and sludge phases inside of Tank 1 for analytical testing to determine disposal options.image Workers emptying drums of oil filters into dumpsters for off-site disposal.Workers emptying drums of oil filters into dumpsters for off-site disposal.image Contractors preparing to remove chemicals stored inside of CleanCare's on-site laboratory.Contractors preparing to remove chemicals stored inside of CleanCare's on-site laboratory.
1/19/2000:
image Workers staging drums from Building 5 prior to inventory
Workers staging drums from Building 5 prior to inventory
image View of Tank Farm 1 with petroleum contamination inside of secondary containment system.
View of Tank Farm 1 with petroleum contamination inside of secondary containment system.
image View of Building 5 after approximately 500 drums of used oil filters were removed from the building prior to staging and disposal.
View of Building 5 after approximately 500 drums of used oil filters were removed from the building prior to staging and disposal.
image Temporary storage tanks filled with contaminated on-site storm water.
Temporary storage tanks filled with contaminated on-site storm water.
11/1/1999:
image Tank Farm 1
Tank Farm 1 contains the bulk of wastes located on the site.
image Tank Farm 2
Tank Farm 2 contains oil, water, and solvent wastes.
Container Storage pad 4b
Container Storage pad 4b contains drums of hazardous waste.
Building 5
Building 5 contains hundreds of drums of waste.






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