Port Angeles Port of Marine Trades Area

Facility Site ID: 1005 Cleanup Site ID: 1301

  • Site Status

  • Cleanup Started

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Site Description

The Marine Trades Area site is located at Marine Drive and Tumwater Street west of downtown Port Angeles. The Port of Port Angeles (port) owns the property north of Marine Drive, except for the Westport Marine facility. The north part of the property is mostly used for marine-related businesses. The Pettit Oil bulk fuel plant (formerly Chevron) is south of Marine Drive.

Starting in the 1920s, the site was used for bulk fuel plants, log storage, and ship and logging truck repair. Chevron, Atlantic Richfield Company, and other companies operated the bulk fuel plants. Over the years, fuel pipelines were built and abandoned or removed on parts of the site. 

In 2005, Ecology entered into an agreed order with the port and Chevron for the Marine Trades Area site. Based on what was known at the time, it included the Marine Trades Area, Pettit Oil, and K Ply properties. Atlantic Richfield Company agreed to fund a share of the work under the agreed order.

Site Investigation And Contamination

Soil and groundwater at the site are contaminated with pollutants from several sources. Over years, the bulk fuel plants leaked petroleum from their tank and piping systems. Contaminants found above state cleanup levels are:
Investigations have also shown that there are separate sources of contamination on the Marine Trades Area and K Ply properties. As a result, Ecology has separated K Ply off as its own site. Ecology entered into a new agreed order with the port for the K Ply site in late 2012.

Current Status

Ecology held a public comment period on a draft remedial investigation/feasibility study (RI/FS) report and agreed order amendment (legal agreement) May 16 - June 17, 2013.

The agreed order amendment between Ecology and the Port of Port Angeles and Chevron:

  • Completes the process of separating the K Ply site from the Marine Trades Area site.
  • Requires the port and Chevron to develop a draft cleanup action plan and submit it to Ecology.

The RI/FS report describes the nature and extent of contamination, and evaluates possible cleanup actions. The agreed order amendment and RI/FS report are now both final.

Port of Port Angeles Proposed Maintenance Activities
The port is proposing to do maintenance activities at five terminals and at the Port Angeles Boat Haven marina over the next ten years, as needed. The proposed work will occur in the Port Angeles Harbor, but is not directly related to the Port Angeles cleanup activities.

You can read more about the proposed maintenance work on the port’s website.

Next Steps

  1. The port and Chevron will develop a preliminary draft cleanup action plan (CAP) and submit it to Ecology. A CAP selects cleanup methods and describes how they meet state standards.
  2. Ecology will review the preliminary draft CAP and use it as a starting point for the final draft CAP. We will put the draft CAP and a legal agreement for cleanup out for comment when they are ready. 

Public Involvement Opportunities

Ecology wants to keep you involved! You will have the chance to review and comment on key documents during the investigation and cleanup process. To sign up for the site email or mail list, contact Diana Smith at the email or phone number listed to the right.

Legal 5
Document Title Document Date Document Type
Marine Trades Area ARCO Final PLP Determination 8/27/2014 Final Potentially Liable Person Status Letter
Marine Trades Area Agreed Order Amendment 6/26/2013 Agreed Order Amendment
Marine Trades Area Agreed Order for a Remedial Investigation and Feasibility Study 12/19/2005 Agreed Order
Chevron Potentially Liable Person Waiver 11/10/2003 Final Potentially Liable Person Status Letter
Port of Port Angeles Marine Trades Area Agreed Order December 1994 12/12/1994 Agreed Order
Public Information 4
Document Title Document Date Document Type
Marine Trades Area AO Amendment and RI/FS Report Responsiveness Summary 8/27/2013 Responsiveness Summary
Marine Trades Area Public Participation Plan 5/10/2013 Public Participation Plan
Marine Trades Area RI/FS and AO Amendment Fact Sheet 5/10/2013 Fact Sheet\Public Notices
Marine Trades Area Fact Sheet for Agreed Order Comment Period 12/1/2005 Fact Sheet\Public Notices
Technical Reports 3
Document Title Document Date Document Type
Approval of Conditional Point of Compliance 7/18/2019 Site Specific Administrative Document - other (Administrative correspondence)
Ecology's Response to MTA Group's Response to Ecology's Comments on the MTA Site Draft Cleanup Action Plan 8/22/2018 Site Specific Administrative Document - other (Administrative correspondence)
Marine Trades Area Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study Report 8/22/2013 Remedial Investigation / Feasibility Study
Voluntary Cleanup Program 1
Document Title Document Date Document Type
Port of Port Angeles Marine Trades Area 6/23/2014 Voluntary Cleanup Program Opinion – Other
There may be more documents related to this site. To obtain documents not available electronically, you will need to make a public records request.

Places to see print documents

  • Southwest Regional Office
    300 Desmond Dr SE
    Lacey, 98503-1274
    Please schedule an appointment to view print documents at this location.

Contaminants 6

Contaminant Type
Surface Water
Metals - Metals Priority Pollutants S S S
Non-Halogenated Organics - Petroleum Products-Unspecified C C S
Non-Halogenated Organics - Non-Halogenated Solvents C
Non-Halogenated Organics - Benzene C C
Non-Halogenated Organics - Petroleum-Diesel C C
Non-Halogenated Organics - Petroleum-Gasoline C C
Confirmed Above Cleanup Levels
Below Cleanup Levels
This contaminant list was based on our best information at the time it was entered. It may not reflect current conditions at the site.