Facility Site ID: 1185 Cleanup Site ID: 2537

  • Site Status

  • Cleanup Started
  • Brownfield

  • This site has received funding as part of our Brownfields Program.
    Brownfields Public Funding: $200,000.00

Site Background

Goose Lake cleanup site and interim action area
Goose Lake cleanup site and interim action area
Goose Lake is located 0.3 miles west of Shelton, next to Highway 101. In the past, Rayonier Inc. (Rayonier) ran a pulp mill on Oakland Bay. The mill discarded waste at the Goose Lake site.

As a result of previous activities, the site is contaminated with:
• Metals
• Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)
• Dioxins
• Sulfide
• Semivolatile organic compounds (SVOCs)
• Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) 

Liquid waste
Between 1931 and 1934, Rayonier pumped liquid waste from the pulp mill into Goose Lake. Rayonier moved the waste from the mill to the lake through a wood pipeline. When the lake reached capacity it began to overflow. To solve this, Rayonier created disposal ponds near the lake and pumped the waste into the ponds instead of the lake. As a result, Goose Lake’s surface water, sediments, and drainage ravine are contaminated.
In 1943, Rayonier shut down the mill during World War II and stopped liquid waste disposal at Goose Lake.

Solid waste
Rayonier also created a landfill on the east end of Goose Lake where they placed solid waste. The waste included wood debris, pulp by-products, building materials, ash from the incinerator, and demolition debris when the mill closed. The landfill received solid waste from 1936 through 1974.

Current Status

In 2001, Ecology entered into an agreement with Rayonier and Peninsula Holdings Co. LLC (Peninsula Holdings) to clean up the site.  Peninsula Holdings previously owned part of the site south of the lake including the drainage ravine. 
Peninsula Holdings declared bankruptcy in 2005. The Peninsula Holdings parcel was then sold to Shelton Hills Investors, LLC (Shelton Hills). Shelton Hills plans to develop the adjacent area for mixed use.
Ecology is working with Rayonier to finalize a draft Remedial Investigation (RI) report. The report describes the nature and extent of site contamination. Rayonier will also submit a draft feasibility study (FS), which compares cleanup options. A draft cleanup action plan (CAP) outlining the recommended cleanup will follow the RI/FS reports. Ecology will hold a public comment period on Goose Lake cleanup plans when they are available.
Legal 3
Document Title Document Date Document Type
Determination of Potentially Liable Person Status 8/28/2013 Final Potentially Liable Person Status Letter
Determination of Potentially Liable Person Status Letter - Goose Lake 5/16/2013 Final Potentially Liable Person Status Letter
Agreed Order No. DE 99TC-S260 4/25/2001 Agreed Order
Public Information 1
Document Title Document Date Document Type
March 17 2014 Presentation to Shelton Commission - Goose Lake and C Street landfill update 3/17/2014 Multimedia
Technical Reports 4
Document Title Document Date Document Type
Approval of Public Review Draft RI 2/8/2018 Site Specific Administrative Document - other (Administrative correspondence)
Goose Lake Public Review Remedial Investigation 1/12/2018 Remedial Investigation Report
2017.05.18_Revised Approval of Request for Extension - AO No. DE99TC-S2620 5/18/2017 Site Specific Administrative Document - other (Administrative correspondence)
GOOSE LAKE Site Hazard Assessment 2/1/1998 Site Hazard Assessment Report
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 7

Contaminant Type
Surface Water
Metals - Metals Priority Pollutants C C C
Halogenated Organics - Polychlorinated biPhenyls (PCB) C C C
Halogenated Organics - Dioxins/Furans C C C
Non-Halogenated Organics - Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons C
Other Contaminant - Conventional Contaminants, Inorganic C
Metals - Arsenic C
Metals - Lead 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.