EPA ID# WAD050075662
EPA Region 10
Pierce County

9th Congressional District

Other Names: Lakewood Water District Site, Ponder's Corner, Plaza Cleaners
Last Update: April, 2010

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The Lakewood site is located in Lakewood, Washington and includes property upon which a commercial dry-cleaning business known as Plaza Cleaners has operated for several years. The regional aquifer contains a groundwater plume extending approximately 2,000-feet downgradient of Plaza Cleaners. The surrounding area is predominantly residential and commercial/light industrial. Lakewood Water District has two of its production wells on a fenced site, approximately 800 feet south of Plaza Cleaners. Sampling of drinking water wells in the area indicated that the two city wells were contaminated with volatile organic compounds (VOCs): trichloroethylene (TCE), tetrachloroethylene (PCE) and cis-1,2 dichloroethylene (cis-1,2 DCE). The source of the contamination was determined to be Plaza Cleaners.

Site Responsibility: This site is being addressed through state and federal actions. The state is the lead for operations and maintenance (O&M) responsibilities at the site. The WA State Department of Ecology, on behalf of the State, is conducting O&M of the air stripping facility and existing groundwater monitoring wells. The EPA is responsible for conducting five-year reviews for this site.

NPL Listing HistoryDates
Proposed Date:12/30/1982
Removed Date:
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Final Date:09/08/1983
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Media Affected: Groundwater, Soil & Sludges
The solvents trichloroethylene (TCE) and tetrachloroethylene (PCE) were detected in groundwater and soil. Potential health risks existed for individuals accidentally ingesting or coming into direct contact with contaminated groundwater and soil.

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PHONE NUMBER:206-553-1478
PHONE NUMBER:206-553-6919
Information pertaining to this site is housed at the following location(s):
Pierce County Library (Administrative Record)
Lakewood Branch
6300 Wildaire Road Southwest
Tacoma, WA 98499

Tacoma Public Library (Administrative Record)
1102 Tacoma Avenue South
Tacoma, WA 98402