Facility Site ID: 85933 Cleanup Site ID: 15271

Agreed Order For Planning Cleanup Is Signed

The legal agreement, Agreed Order DE 20072 (AO DE 20072), for planning cleanup of the former Eatonville Landfill site has been signed. The Town of Eatonville (Eatonville) is the only potentially liable person (PLP) subject to this Agreed Order. 

The Agreed Order is about cleanup of hazardous substances at the landfill. It requires Eatonville to complete a Remedial Investigation (RI) Work Plan and RI report. The RI report identifies the type of contamination and where it is found at the Site. The Agreed Order also requires Eatonville to complete a Feasibility Study (FS) that compares alternative cleanup methods. Eatonville will use the information in the RI/FS to complete a preliminary draft cleanup action plan describing which method will be used to cleanup the Site. Ecology will use the preliminary plan to prepare the draft Cleanup Action Plan (dCAP). 

A fact sheet briefly summarizes information about the Site and AO DE 20072. 

Ecology held a comment period from August 26 to September 26, 2021, inviting comment on AO DE 20072 and the public participation plan.  The public participation plan describes how we inform the community about cleanup at the Site. Three comments were received during the comment period. The responsiveness summary provides our responses to those comments. 

Site Description

The bottom of the landfill is down a very steep slope. Some waste is only partially covered.
The bottom of the landfill is down a very steep slope. Some waste is only partially covered.

The Site is about 3.5 miles west of the Town of Eatonville. The landfill is located on a property that is about two acres in size and covers about a quarter of the parcel. The landfill is on a very steep slope.  

Eatonville leased the property from Weyerhaeuser from about 1950 until about 1980 for use as a landfill. Municipal solid waste, appliances, car parts, empty drums, tires, and other waste were disposed of at the Site and waste burning occurred there. 

The Nisqually State Park surrounds the landfill. The state plans to develop recreational facilities in the area where the landfill is located. 

The Nisqually Indian Tribe holds fishing, hunting, and gathering rights in the Nisqually watershed and the area around the landfill is culturally important to them.

There is a wetland at the base of the landfill. Water from the wetland flows about a quarter mile to the Mashel River. A major tributary of the Nisqually River, the Mashel River provides critical spawning and rearing habitat for Fall Chinook salmon and steelhead. 

Contamination

Ecology placed the site on the Confirmed and Suspected Contaminated Sites List in 2020.

Known hazardous substances at the site:

  • Metals (iron, lead, zinc) have contaminated water to levels above water quality standards. The contamination was found in wetland water at the base of the landfill. 

Suspected hazardous substances that may have contaminated surface water, sediment, and/or groundwater:

  • Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs).
  • Petroleum products.
  • Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).

Results from Remedial Investigation sampling will determine what contaminants are present at the site. 

Next Steps

Once the RI/FS and dCAP are complete, the reports will be available for public review and comment before the reports are finalized.

When the dCAP is finalized, it becomes the Cleanup Action Plan (CAP). The CAP will be implemented under a separate legal agreement that will be available for public review and comment. 

To Find More Information About Cleanup Sites

For more information about cleanup sites in the neighborhood and throughout Washington, go to:

These tools also show completed cleanups. 

Legal 5
Document Title Document Date Document Type
Project Coordinator Change Notification 2/21/2022 Agreed Order Amendment
Agreed Order DE 20072 8/2/2021 Agreed Order
Eatonville Landfill - Final PLP Notice to Town of Eatonville 7/12/2021 Final Potentially Liable Person Status Letter
Eatonville Landfill - Final PLP Notice to Weyerhaeuser 7/12/2021 Final Potentially Liable Person Status Letter
Former Eatonville Landfill - Early Notice Letter 9/22/2020 Early Notice Letter
Public Information 3
Document Title Document Date Document Type
Eatonville Landfill Agreed Order Responsiveness Summary 12/22/2021 Responsiveness Summary
Eatonville Landfill Fact Sheet for Agreed Order and Public Participation Plan 8/5/2021 Fact Sheet\Public Notices
Eatonville Landfill Public Participation Plan 8/2/2021 Public Participation Plan
Technical Reports 13
Document Title Document Date Document Type
Eatonville Landfill RI Work Plan App C HSP 9/7/2021 Remedial Investigation Work Plan
Eatonville Landfill RI Work Plan App B QAPP 9/7/2021 Remedial Investigation Work Plan
Eatonville Landfill RI Work Plan App A SAP 9/7/2021 Remedial Investigation Work Plan
Eatonville Landfill RI Work Plan Text 9/7/2021 Remedial Investigation Work Plan
Eatonville Landfill - Weyerhaeuser Signed PLP Waiver (Kristen Sawin) 6/25/2021 Site Specific Administrative Document - other (Administrative correspondence)
Eatonville Landfill - Town of Eatonville Signed PLP Waiver (Mayor Mike Schaub) 6/25/2021 Site Specific Administrative Document - other (Administrative correspondence)
Eatonville Landfill - Preliminary PLP Notice to Weyerhaeuser 6/23/2021 Site Specific Administrative Document - other (Administrative correspondence)
Eatonville Landfill - Preliminary PLP Notice to Town of Eatonville 6/23/2021 Site Specific Administrative Document - other (Administrative correspondence)
Eatonville Landfill Jan 2021 Sampling Analytical Results 1/29/2021 Progress Report
Former Eatonville Landfill - Response to Ecology 10/14/2020 Site Specific Administrative Document - other (Administrative correspondence)
Former Eatonville Landfill Initial Investigation 6/1/2020 Initial Investigation Report
Technical Review of Eatonville Landfill Closure Options 9/30/2014 Site Specific Technical Document - other
Eatonville Landfill Site Investigation and Preliminary Economic Analysis for Corrective Action Alternatives 11/7/1996 Remedial Investigation / Feasibility Study
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.
  • Eatonville Library
    205 Center Street
    Eatonville, 98328
    This location may only have print documents available during open comment periods.

Contaminants 12

Contaminant Type
Soil
Groundwater
Surface Water
Air
Sediment
Bedrock
Metals - Metals - Other S S C S
Halogenated Organics - Polychlorinated biPhenyls (PCB) S S S
Non-Halogenated Organics - Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons S S S
Reactive Wastes - Corrosive Wastes S S S
Other Contaminant - Conventional Contaminants, Organic S S S
Metals - Arsenic S S S
Other Contaminant - Other Deleterious Substances S S S
Metals - Lead S S S
Metals - Mercury S S S
Non-Halogenated Organics - Petroleum-Diesel S S S
Non-Halogenated Organics - Petroleum-Gasoline S S S
Non-Halogenated Organics - Petroleum-Other S S S
S
Suspected
C
Confirmed Above Cleanup Levels
B
Below Cleanup Levels
RA
Remediated-Above
RB
Remediated-Below
R
Remediated
This contaminant list was based on our best information at the time it was entered. It may not reflect current conditions at the site.