FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 16, 2013
Contact: Leslie Yuenger
1101 Tautog Circle, Suite 207A
Silverdale, Washington 98315-1101
SILVERDALE, Wash. – The Navy and Washington Department of Ecology are holding an open house to present information, receive comment and answer questions about the clean-up of low-level radiological contamination at the former Naval Station Puget Sound at Sand Point, now named Warren G. Magnuson Park, on May 29, 2013 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., in the Mountaineers Building 7700 Sand Point Way NE. The clean-up is set to begin in early summer 2013.
“All of the clean-up will be conducted in accordance with work plans reviewed and approved by the state,” said Cindy O’Hare, Base Realignment and Closure Environmental Coordinator. “The highest priority is the safety of the public and protective measures will be taken throughout the project.”
To address potential public concerns the Navy, in coordination with Washington Department of Health, sampled for radon gas in facilities used by the community during the week of April 8, 2013. A total of 20 samples were collected and the results showed no detection of radon gas at any location within buildings 2 or 27.
The clean-up, also known as a Time Critical Removal Action, includes portions of the second floor of building 2 where low-level radiological contamination was found under layers of flooring materials and inside piping. The clean-up project also includes removal of low-level radiological contamination and demolition of the south shed of building 27. Contaminated soils, piping, and catch basins will also be remediated.
Due to the deteriorating condition of the south shed of building 27, a TCRA has been determined to be necessary. The Navy is following the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act Program at this site. The Navy’s cleanup action under CERCLA also meets state requirements under Washington’s Model Toxics Control Act.
The Navy continues to collaborate with the City of Seattle Parks & Recreation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Washington State Departments of Ecology and Health on this clean-up project. The Department of Health has oversight on radiation protection issues for the State of Washington. Department of Ecology oversees the overall cleanup process under MTCA.
Through the course of planning facility renovations in 2009, the City of Seattle recovered historical building drawings that identified facilities where operations using radioactive materials may have been used in buildings 2 and 27, and conducted a radiological screening that confirmed the presence of radiological contamination.
In 2010, the Navy completed radiological characterization surveys that identified areas of low-level radiological contamination in buildings 2 and 27 and associated catch basins, piping and soil outside of those buildings. The findings were finalized in an investigation report in 2011. The areas with low-level radiological contamination are not accessible by the public, are secured to prevent unauthorized access and are monitored by a state licensed radiological contractor who performs weekly security inspections and monthly radiation surveys.
The Navy plans to publish a Notice of Intent and the Action Memorandum by May 31, 2013.
Acquired by the Navy in 1920, former Naval Station Puget Sound, now known as Warren G. Magnuson Park, was originally a Naval Air Station where aircraft repair and maintenance was performed. The Air Station had used radioluminescent (glow-in-the-dark) paint to repair and touch up dials, markers, and gauges for aircraft, in buildings 2 and 27.
The Navy will continue to post information about this project on their website at: http://goo.gl/t4JKw. For more information about CERCLA and TCRA’s, please visit the Environmental Protection Agency’s website at: www.epa.gov.
Media availability is set for 4:30 p.m. in the Mountaineers Building 7700 Sand Point Way NE; please contact the Navy Public Affairs Officer to reserve your attendance.
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