EPA ID# WAD981767296
EPA Region 10
Spokane County

5th Congressional District

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Last Update: May, 2010

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The Spokane Junkyard/Associated Properties site is approximately 16 acres in size and is located in Spokane, Washington. The surrounding area is light commercial and residential, with single and multiple-family dwellings, several private businesses, and an elementary school. From the 1940s until 1983, the Spokane Junkyard accepted military surplus items, automobiles, heavy equipment, appliances, and electrical transformers. Spokane Metals Co., located next to the junkyard, recycled scrap metal including transformers and batteries from 1936 to 1983. A residential lot, a privately-owned vacant field, and an abandoned railroad right-of-way also fall within the boundaries of the site. An explosive fire in mid-1987 consumed the junkyard. During studies conducted from 1987 to 1989, EPA found elevated levels of heavy metals and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in surface soils. Public and private wells located within four miles of the site supply drinking water to an estimated 165,000 people. The water from these wells is also used for irrigation. The site lies above the Spokane Valley Aquifer, a sole source aquifer.

Site Responsibility: This site has been addressed through federal and potentially responsible parties' actions.

NPL Listing HistoryDates
Proposed Date:10/14/1992
Removed Date:
Withdrawal Date:
Final Date:05/31/1994
Deleted Date:09/23/1997

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Media Affected: Soil & Sludges
Asbestos, oil containing PCBs, flammable materials, and volatile organic compounds were found at the junkyard. High levels of PCBs and lead were found in soils over the entire site. Contaminants could migrate to the groundwater beneath the site. Exposure to contaminants could occur through contact with, and ingestion of, contaminated soil.

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Early Actions: From 1987 to 1989, as part of an emergency action at the site, EPA transported 8,000 cubic yards of lead- and PCB-contaminated soil, 125,000 pounds of hazardous liquid and solid waste, and 140 cubic yards of asbestos to regulated landfills. Hazardous materials removed from the site included oils containing PCBs, flammable materials, corrosive materials, and chlorinated organic compounds.

In the Summer of 1995, under an EPA Administrative Order, three of the site potentially responsible parties (PRPs), Kaiser Aluminum, Washington Water Power, and Inland Power and Light, completed an Engineering Evaluation/Cost Analysis. In the Fall of 1996, the PRPs, under an EPA Administrative Order, performed an early cleanup action. Contaminated soil was excavated, treated through chemical stabilization, and consolidated in an on-site containment cell. Cleanup was completed in December 1996. The site was deleted from the National Priorities List (NPL) in September, 1997.

Since deletion, the site has been purchased by the Spokane Youth Sports Association . The Association built a sports complex on the property. The on-site containment cell was paved over and is the parking lot for the complex. The project received the 2003 Phoenix Award for Brownfield Redevelopment.

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