Debra Sherbina (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Community Involvement Coordinator
Howard Orlean (email@example.com)
Resources for Communities
Soil Sampling on the Point
On January 14, EPA began sampling subsurface soil within the fenced area of the site ("the Point"). EPA will be using a scanning tool attached to a coring drill mounted on a truck to take the samples. This tool is called "TarGOST," or Tar-specific Green Optical Screening Tool. It is used to scan beneath the soil to look for creosote. We expect the work will take about 8 weeks to complete.
The work will only take place during daylight hours. Hours will vary. The samples will help us locate and determine the size and extent of creosote beneath the surface of the site. This will help us to identify and evaluate possible future cleanup options for removal and treatment of the creosote contamination. The work is part of the ongoing study of the Wyckoff/Eagle Harbor Superfund Site. If you have questions, contact Debra Sherbina (firstname.lastname@example.org) or 800-424-4372, extension 0247.
The Wyckoff-Eagle Harbor Superfund Site was added to EPA’s National Priorities List (NPL) in 1987. The site is on the east side of Bainbridge Island, Washington, in central Puget Sound. It encompasses the former Wyckoff wood-treating facility (operated from 1903 – 1988), a former shipyard, and roughly 500 acres of contaminated sediments next to these former facilities in Eagle Harbor.
The site was contaminated with residue from the wood-treating facility, including creosote, pentachlorophenol (PCP), and various polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). The shipyard contributed organic compounds and heavy metals, such as mercury, lead, copper, and zinc, to the Eagle Harbor sediments.
Site Cleanup Areas (or "Operable Units")
During cleanup, a site may be separated into distinct areas depending on the complexity of the problems associated with the site. These areas - called “operable units" - may address geographic areas of the site, specific site problems, or areas where a specific action is required. The Wyckoff-Eagle Harbor site is made up of three operable units:
- East Harbor Operable Unit: Subtidal and intertidal sediments of the outer harbor next to Wyckoff Point
- West Harbor Operable Unit: Sediments and uplands of former shipyard
- Soil and Groundwater Operable Units: Wyckoff Point area
Learn more about the Wyckoff-Eagle Harbor site cleanup areas »
Five Year Review: In fall 2012, EPA completed the third Five-Year Review of the cleanup at the site. The review is a checkup to ensure that cleanup remedies continue to protect people’s health and the environment. The final review report (PDF) (291 pp, 17.3MB) has been posted and also made available at the Bainbridge Island Public Library and the EPA Records Center.
Underwater Sampling: In June and July 2012, EPA contractors photographed and sampled the subsurface beach sediment on the on the north and east side of the former Wyckoff facility outside of the metal sheetpile wall. This effort helped us find and determine the size and extent of pools of creosote under the beach sediments and evaluate possible cleanup options for this portion of the site.
Hydraulic Containment System Update: On April 1, 2012, The Washington Department of Ecology took over responsibility for operating and maintaining the Wyckoff hydraulic containment system as agreed upon. The transition went smoothly, partly because Ecology was able to hire the operator EPA has been using for the site. EPA’s technical support contractor is conducting a focused feasibility study on possible source removal and treatment at the site to ensure we gather the data needed to make a remedy decision.
For copies of older fact sheets, contact Debra Sherbina (email@example.com) at 206-553-0247 or 1-800-424-4372, extension 0247.
Five Year Reviews
East Harbor Operable Unit
West Harbor Operable Unit
Soil & Groundwater Operable Units
For other site documents, visit one of the document repository locations listed below, or contact Debra Sherbina (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 206-553-0247 or 1-800-424-4372, extension 0247.
Where to Review Hard Copies of Documents
You can review copies of technical documents, fact sheets, and other documents related to the cleanup at the following locations:
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