VANCOUVER WATER STATION #1 CONTAMINATION
WASHINGTON
EPA ID# WAD988519708
EPA Region 10
Clark County
Vancouver

3rd Congressional District

Other Names:
Last Update: May, 2010

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The Vancouver Water Station #1 site, located at East Reserve and Northeast Plain Boulevard in Vancouver, Washington, is one of the well fields that supplies drinking water to the city of Vancouver. Vancouver Water Station #1 is the largest of Vancouver's operating well fields and is located in a municipal park called Waterworks Park. Ten wells pump as much as 20 million gallons of water per day during peak periods to supply drinking water to the residents of Vancouver and Clark County. In 1988, the city of Vancouver discovered low levels of tetrachloroethylene (PCE) and other volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in some of the wells at Station #1. In 1992, the concentrations of PCE in some individual wells exceeded the federal drinking water standard for this chemical.

Site Responsibility: This site is being addressed through federal actions and local actions.

NPL Listing HistoryDates
Proposed Date:06/23/1993
Removed Date:
Withdrawal Date:
Final Date:05/31/1994
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Media Affected: Groundwater
Groundwater is contaminated with PCE. Touching or ingesting contaminated groundwater could have adverse health effects.


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Early Actions: EPA conducted initial site inspections in 1990 and 1991, which included taking soil gas measurements at businesses near the site. The source of contamination was not found. In response to increasing levels of contamination, the city of Vancouver began pumping wells and designing a groundwater treatment system. Five air stripping towers were built and began removing contaminants from the groundwater in the summer of 1993. The city of Vancouver continues to operate the groundwater treatment system.

EPA signed a Record of Decision for this site in September 1998, to continue operation of the existing air stripping treatment system. In the ROD, the site was designated as construction complete. This signifies all remedies required for the site have been implemented.

The Second Five Year Review was conducted and completed in September, 2008. This review determined that the remedy remains protective of human health.



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SITE MANAGER(S):Nancy Harney
E-MAIL ADDRESS:harney.nancy@epa.gov
PHONE NUMBER:206-553-6635
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT COORDINATOR:Judy Smith
E-MAIL ADDRESSsmith.judy@epa.gov
PHONE NUMBER:503-326-6994
Information pertaining to this site is housed at the following location(s):
Vancouver Regional Library (Administrative Record)
1007 East Mill Plain Boulevard
Vancouver, WA 98663-3504

EPA Region 10 Superfund Records Center (Administrative Records)
1200 Sixth Avenue, ECL-076
Seattle, WA 98101