Vancouver Port of NuStar Cadet Swan

Facility Site ID: 1026 Cleanup Site ID: 3450

  • Site Status

  • Cleanup Started

Response To Comments Available For The Public

Ecology recently held two comment periods related to cleanup plans and work at the site.

For the Cadet/Swan portion of the site, a comment period was held from July 13 - August 11, 2023. Ecology received two comments during this period. The response to these comments have been prepared and are shared here: 

Vancouver Port of NuStar Cadet Swan Cleanup Site Response to Comments
https://apps.ecology.wa.gov/cleanupsearch/document/129912

Site Description

Road map shows the location of the Swan (yellow), Cadet (orange), NuStar (red), and KMBT (blue) areas of the Site.
Road map shows the location of the Swan (yellow), Cadet (orange), NuStar (red), and KMBT (blue) areas of the Site.

Cadet/Swan portion of the Site

In 1956, the Swan Manufacturing Co. (Swan) started making electrical heaters in a building located at the corner of W 4th Plain Blvd and St Frances Lane. In 1964, they moved to 2500 West 4th Plain Blvd. In 1972, the Cadet Manufacturing Co. (Cadet) purchased Swan. Cadet continued to make heaters. The port purchased the former Swan site in 1982. In 2006, the port acquired the Cadet property.

Trichloroethylene (TCE) and other chlorinated solvents were used to clean metal parts at both facilities and the solvents were released to soil and groundwater. The area of solvent contamination in groundwater is called a plume. A groundwater plume of chlorinated solvents is located under the Cadet and Swan facilities. The Port has been conducting interim actions at Cadet and Swan since 1998.

NuStar and Kinder Morgan portion of the Site

The NuStar Terminals Services, Inc. (NuStar) and Kinder Morgan Bulk Terminals, LLC (KMBT) are located next to each other on the Columbia River. NuStar and KMBT are tenants of the Port. NuStar handled bulk fertilizer and other bulk products. KMBT moved copper ore and other bulk products from rail cars to ships for export.

Contaminants of nitrate, ammonia, copper, and other metals are found in soil and groundwater beneath these facilities. NuStar, KMBT, and the Port are conducting a supplemental remedial investigation to access that contamination.

GATX was the former operator of the NuStar terminal and identified chlorinated solvents, such as perchloroethylene (PCE) and TCE, polluted soil and groundwater at the terminal. These solvents were bulk materials handled for distribution by GATX. A groundwater plume of chlorinated solvents is located under the NuStar and KMBT operational areas. NuStar has been conducting interim actions at the NuStar facility since 1998.

Contamination at the Site has not adversely affected City of Vancouver, Clark Public Utilities, or Port public drinking water supply wells. Even so, cleanup of the groundwater plume and other contaminants is important because exposure to these substances can be harmful to human health and the environment, including the neighboring Columbia River.

Area Considered For Partial Cleanup Of The Site

Black dashed line shows the maximum extent of solvent contamination. The maximum extent of the plume was identified in 2009.
Black dashed line shows the maximum extent of solvent contamination. The maximum extent of the plume was identified in 2009.
In 2009, the maximum extent of the solvent plume at the Site became known, which is outlined by a black dashed line. Until recently, Ecology considered the solvent plume from the Swan/Cadet and NuStar source areas to be one area-wide plume.

The yellow shaded area within the Site outline is the area considered in both the 2020 Agreed Order and the 2023 dCAP and Agreed Order. The NuStar and KMBT Site area not shaded yellow is not included in these documents. Cleanups, called interim actions, have reduced the solvent contaminant levels so the solvent plume no longer comingles between the Cadet/Swan and NuStar source areas.

Washington's cleanup law, the Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA), provided authority in AO DE
18152 to require the port to conduct and draft a feasibility study and prepare a preliminary dCAP for a partial Site cleanup within the Site. In Spring 2023, those plans will be made available for public comment ahead of implementation of the Cleanup Action Plan.

Next Steps

The Port is completing evaluation of the Cadet/Swan portion of the Site cleanup. Ecology will make available for public review the draft Cleanup Action Plan and related cleanup documents in Spring 2023. Ecology will consider and respond to comments ahead of finalizing the documents ahead of the implementation of the Cleanup Action Plan.

The investigation and cleanup evaluation of the NuStar/KMBT portion of the Site will continue at the same time. Ecology's objective is a complete and timely cleanup of the whole Site, while protecting the health of people and the environment.

There will be more opportunities for public comment. For the NuStar/KMBT part of the Site, the public will be able to review and comment on the Supplemental Remedial Investigation report, Feasibility Study, and the draft Cleanup Action Plan.
Legal 22
Document Title Document Date Document Type
Port of Vancouver NuStar Cadet Swan Draft Agreed Order DE 21295 7/13/2023 Agreed Order
Agreed Order Amendment 6/5/2023 Agreed Order Amendment
NuStar Terminals Services, Inc, Project Coord. Change 1/12/2022 Administrative Order on Consent Amendment
Request for Extension of Draft Feasibility Study Submittal Date under Agreed Order DE 18152 3/19/2021 Agreed Order Amendment
Agreed Order DE 18152 for Cadet/Swan Partial Site Cleanup 10/9/2020 Agreed Order
Ecology response to August 14, 2019 letter Deadline Extension Request for Supplemental RIWP 8/30/2019 Agreed Order Amendment
Port of Vancouver Cadet/Swan, NuStar and Kinder Morgan Agreed Order DE 15806 5/20/2019 Agreed Order
Modify AO No. 07-TC-S DE3938 4/24/2019 Administrative Order on Consent Amendment
2018.07.19-Final PLP Determination-Kinder Morgan 7/19/2018 Final Potentially Liable Person Status Letter
Preliminary Determination of Liability for Release of Hazardous Substances: Kinder Morgan 5/2/2018 Final Potentially Liable Person Status Letter
Port of Vancouver (Cadet/Swan) NuStar Agreed Order 3/12/2015 Agreed Order
Port of Vancouver Cadet Swan NuStar Minor Amendment to Agreed Orders 1/24/2014 Agreed Order Amendment
NuStar Energy Agreed Order Amendment and Interim Action Work Plan 5/23/2011 Agreed Order
Port of Vancover (Cadet Swan) 2008 Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study and Interim Action Agreed Order 5/1/2008 Agreed Order
NuStar 2007 Agreed Order Signed 11/7/2007 Agreed Order
NuStar 2007 Agreed Order 11/7/2007 Agreed Order
Port of Vancouver Agreed Order No. 01TCPVA-3257 10/15/2001 Agreed Order
2001 Port of Vancouver Building 220 (Swan) Interim Action Agreeed Order 10/15/2001 Agreed Order
Cadet Manufaturing Company 2000 Agreed Order 1/13/2000 Agreed Order
Port of Vancouver Agreed Order No. 98TC-S337 11/4/1998 Agreed Order
1998 Port of Vancouver Building 2220 (Swan) Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study and Interim Action Agreed Order 11/4/1998 Agreed Order
Nustar Energy LP 1998 Final Agreed Order 8/27/1998 Agreed Order
Public Information 43
Document Title Document Date Document Type
Port of Vancouver NuStar Cadet Swan Response to Comments 2023 9/11/2023 Responsiveness Summary
Vancouver Port of NuStar Cadet Swan 2023 IA Response to Comments 8/9/2023 Responsiveness Summary
Port of Vancouver NuStar Cadet Swan Fact Sheet 6/28/2023 Fact Sheet\Public Notices
Vancouver Port of NuStar Comment Period Fact Sheet 6/5/2023 Fact Sheet\Public Notices
2020 Port of Vancouver Cadet Swan Comment Period Commenters Contact List 12/10/2020 Fact Sheet\Public Notices
2020 Port of Vancouver Cadet Swan Comment Period Comment 12/10/2020 Fact Sheet\Public Notices
Port of Vancouver Cadet/Swan Partial Site Cleanup Responsiveness Summary 12/8/2020 Responsiveness Summary
Port of Vancouver Cadet/Swan Fact Sheet for Partial Site Cleanup 8/10/2020 Fact Sheet\Public Notices
Port of Vancouver Cadet/Swan, NuStar, and Kinder Morgan Revised Public Participation Plan 7/29/2020 Public Participation Plan
Port of Vancouver Cadet Swan, NuStar and Kinder Morgan Contacts 5/16/2019 Responsiveness Summary
Port of Vancouver Cadet Swan, NuStar and Kinder Morgan Responsiveness Summary 5/15/2019 Responsiveness Summary
Port of Vancouver Cadet/Swan, NuStar and Kinder Morgan 2/26/2019 Public Participation Plan
Port of Vancouver Cadet/Swan, NuStar and Kinder Morgan 2/26/2019 Fact Sheet\Public Notices
2016 Interim Action & SEPA Fact sheet 5/12/2016 Fact Sheet\Public Notices
Port of Vancouver Cadet/Swan and NuStar Russian fact sheet 1/21/2015 Fact Sheet\Public Notices
Port of Vancouver (Cadet/Swan) NuStar Public Participation Plan 1/20/2015 Public Participation Plan
Port of Vancouver (Cadet/Swan) NuStar Agreed Order Fact Sheet 1/15/2015 Fact Sheet\Public Notices
Site Background Info Sheet - NuStar, Cadet, Swan 4/22/2014 Multimedia
Port of Vancouver Update Fact Sheet 4/2/2013 Fact Sheet\Public Notices
Cadet/Port of Vancouver Fact Sheet: Update on Cleanup Progress 12/13/2011 Fact Sheet\Public Notices
NuStar Energy Responsiveness Summary for Interim Action and Agreed Order Amendment Comment Period 5/26/2011 Responsiveness Summary
Nustar Energy LP 2011 Interim Action Fact Sheet 4/1/2011 Fact Sheet\Public Notices
Cadet Manufacturing and Port of Vancouver Fact Sheet: Site Cleanup Update 12/1/2010 Fact Sheet\Public Notices
Cadet Manufacturing Company Fact Sheet Groundwater Treatment Wells Closing in Fruit Valley Neighborhood 6/1/2010 Fact Sheet\Public Notices
Cadet and Port of Vancouver Fact Sheet: Update and Interim Action Launch 6/9/2009 Fact Sheet\Public Notices
Camp Bonneville Site Cleanup Continues 6/1/2009 Fact Sheet\Public Notices
Cadet Manufacturing Company FAQ 5/1/2008 FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
Cadet and Port of Vancouver Responsiveness Summary on Agreed Order and SEPA documents 3/1/2008 Responsiveness Summary
Cadet Manufacturing and Port of Vancouver Building 2220 (former Swan Manufacturing) Agreed Order for an interim Action fact sheet 1/1/2008 Fact Sheet\Public Notices
Nustar Energy LP Responsiveness Summary 10/1/2007 Responsiveness Summary
Nustar Energy LP Public Participation Plan 9/1/2007 Public Participation Plan
Nustar Energy LP Fact Sheet Comments on the proposed Agreed Order for a Remedial Investigation, Interim Actions and Feasibility Study 9/1/2007 Fact Sheet\Public Notices
Cadet Manufacturing Company Fact Sheet Swan Manufacturing Sites Cleanup Activity Update 8/1/2007 Fact Sheet\Public Notices
Cadet Manufacturing Company Public Participation Plan 7/1/2007 Public Participation Plan
Cadet Manufacturing Company FAQ about Cadet and Swan Manufacturing and Fruit Valley Neighborhood Cleanup 5/1/2007 FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
Cadet Manufacturing Company Fact Sheet Fruit Valley Neighborhood-Groundwater and Soil Investigation and Cleanup Work Update 2/1/2007 Fact Sheet\Public Notices
Cadet Manufacturing Company Fact Sheet South Fruit Valley Neighborhood Groundwater and Soil Investigation Work Upcoming Door-to-Door Survey and Well Installation 5/1/2005 Fact Sheet\Public Notices
Cadet Manufacturing Groundwater Contamination Evaluation 10/1/2004 Fact Sheet\Public Notices
Cadet Manufacturing Company Site Update for Residents of Fruit Valley Neighborhood Focus Sheet 4/1/2004 Fact Sheet\Public Notices
Cadet Manufacturing Company Site Update for Residents of Fruit Valley Neighborhood Focus Sheet 11/1/2003 Fact Sheet\Public Notices
Cadet Manufacturing Company Fact Sheet Fruit Valley Neighborhood Indoor Air and Groundwater Cleanup Status 6/1/2003 Fact Sheet\Public Notices
Cadet Manufacturing Company Focus on Indoor Air/Update about Fruit Valley Neighborhood Indoor Air 5/1/2003 Focus Sheet
Cadet Manufacturing Company Focus Sheet: Indoor Air Testing at Fruit Valley Neighborhood 12/1/2001 Focus Sheet
State Environmental Policy Act 8
Document Title Document Date Document Type
Cadet Swan DNS and SEPA Checklist 6/27/2023 SEPA Documents
T4 Pond Interim Action DNS and SEPA Checklist 6/5/2023 SEPA Documents
2016 Interim Actions SEPA DNS and Checklist 5/5/2016 SEPA Documents
NuStar 2011 Interim Action SEPA DNS and Checklist 4/1/2011 SEPA Documents
Cadet Manufacturing Company SEPA DNS 12/28/2007 SEPA Documents
Cadet Manufacturing Company SEPA Checklist 12/20/2007 SEPA Documents
Nustar Energy LP SEPA DNS 10/5/2007 SEPA Documents
Nustar Energy LP SEPA Checklist 9/25/2007 SEPA Documents
Technical Reports 59
Document Title Document Date Document Type
erminal 4 Pond Interim Action / Engineering Design Report 12/20/2023 Interim Action Documents
Port of Vancouver NuStar Cadet Swan Feasibility Study 9/13/2023 Feasibility Study
Port of Vancouver NuStar Cadet Swan Cleanup Action Plan (CAP) 9/13/2023 Cleanup Action Plan
First Semi-Annual 2023 Groundwater Monitoring Report 8/15/2023 Groundwater Monitoring Report
Interim Action Work Plan 6/15/2023 Interim Action Documents
2022 Annual Environmental Monitoring Report SMC and Cadet Sites 3/1/2023 Groundwater Monitoring Report
Supplemental Remedial Investigation - Vancouver Bulk Terminal – Additional Stormwater Investigation 6/9/2022 Site Specific Technical Document - other
2021 Annual Environmental Monitoring Report SMC Cadet Port of Vancouver 3/3/2022 Groundwater Monitoring Report
NuStar - Semi-Annual Groundwater Monitoring Report July-Dec 2021 2/15/2022 Groundwater Monitoring Report
Supplemental Remedial Investigation - Vancouver Bulk Terminal - Stormwater Investigation 12/16/2021 Site Specific Technical Document - other
NuStar Semi-Annual GW Monitoring Report Jan-June 2021 8/12/2021 Groundwater Monitoring Report
Parametrix 2020 Annual GW Monitoring Report Final 2/26/2021 Groundwater Monitoring Report
NuStar Semi-Annual Groundwater Monitoring Report July-Dec 2020 2/12/2021 Groundwater Monitoring Report
Final Supplemental RI Work Plan Port of Vancouver, NuStar, Kinder Morgan 12/18/2020 Remedial Investigation Work Plan
Well Decommissioning at NuStar facility, Port of Vancouver 10/22/2020 Groundwater Monitoring Report
NuStar - Semi-Annual Groundwater Monitoring Report Jan-June 2020 8/10/2020 Groundwater Monitoring Report
Port of Vancouver/NuStar/Kinder Morgan - Ecology comments on Draft Supplemental Remedial Investigation Work Plan 4/7/2020 Site Specific Administrative Document - other (Administrative correspondence)
2019 Annual Enviromental Monitoring Report SMC Cadet, Port of Vancouver 2/21/2020 Groundwater Monitoring Report
NuStar Semi-Annual Groundwater Monitoring Report July-Dec 2019 2/14/2020 Groundwater Monitoring Report
Port of Vancouver - NuStar - Kinder Morgan - Approval of 2nd Extension Request 12/19/2019 Site Specific Administrative Document - other (Administrative correspondence)
2018 Annual Environmental Monitoring Report SMC Cadet, Port of Vancouver 3/25/2019 Groundwater Monitoring Report
Re-rescind Ecology Approval of Port of Vancouver and NuStar Remedial Investigation Reports 3/11/2019 Remedial Investigation Report
NuStar Semi-Annual Groundwater Monitoring Report July-Dec 2018 2/19/2019 Groundwater Monitoring Report
Ecology Approval of Summary of Additional Field Activity at the NuStar Facility March through June 2018 12/18/2018 Site Specific Administrative Document - other (Administrative correspondence)
NuStar Wellhead Assessment Report 11/6/2018 Site Specific Technical Document - other
NuStar Semi-Annual Groundwater Monitoring Report Jan-June 2018 8/1/2018 Groundwater Monitoring Report
NuStar March 2018 Well Head Assessment Sampling Results 6/14/2018 Groundwater Monitoring Report
Kinder Morgan Vancouver II 4/2/2018 Initial Investigation Report
2017 Annual Environmental Monitoring Report SMC and Cadet 3/30/2018 Groundwater Monitoring Report
NuStar Semi-Annual Groundwater Monitoring Report July-Dec 2017 2/15/2018 Groundwater Monitoring Report
NuStar Semi-Annual Groundwater Monitoring Report Jan-June 2017 7/31/2017 Groundwater Monitoring Report
Interim Action Summary Report NuStar Vancouver Facility 6/29/2017 Interim Action Documents
2016 Cadet Swan Annual Environmental Monitoring Report - Appendices 4/20/2017 Groundwater Monitoring Report
2016 Cadet Swan Annual Environmental Monitoring Report - Main Body 4/20/2017 Groundwater Monitoring Report
Semi-Annual Groundwater Monitoring Report July through December 2016 NuStar Vancouver Facility 2/13/2017 Groundwater Monitoring Report
Semi-Annual Groundwater Monitoring Report January through June 2016 8/11/2016 Groundwater Monitoring Report
2015 Interim Action Work Plan NuStar Vancouver Facility 4/15/2016 Interim Action Documents
2015 Annual Environmental Monitoring Report 3/31/2016 Groundwater Monitoring Report
2015 Interim Action Work Plan NuStar Vancouver Facility 9/15/2015 Interim Action Documents
20150814 NuStar Semi-Annual Groundwater Monitoring Report January through June 2015 8/14/2015 Groundwater Monitoring Report
Groundwater monitoring program optimization update 8/6/2015 Site Specific Technical Document - other
Semi-Annual Groundwater Monitoring Report July through December 2015 2/11/2015 Groundwater Monitoring Report
Feasibility Study Report NuStar, Cadet, and Swan 1/9/2015 Feasibility Study
Final Enviornmental (Restrictive) Covenant Master Plan Port of Vancouver 9/2/2013 Operation and Maintenance Plan
NuStar Terminals - Final Remedial Investigation Report (text thru appendix C) 8/14/2013 Remedial Investigation Report
NuStar Northwest Area Groundwater Investigation - Data Transmittal Letter 11/21/2011 Site Specific Technical Document - other
Draft NuStar 2011 Interim Action Work Plan 4/1/2011 Interim Action Documents
Cadet Manufacturing - Final Remedial Investigation Report - Appendices H-P 5/25/2010 Remedial Investigation Report
Cadet Manufacturing - Final Remedial Investigation Report - Appendices C-G 5/25/2010 Remedial Investigation Report
Cadet Manufacturing - Final Remedial Investigation Report - Appendices A-B 5/25/2010 Remedial Investigation Report
Cadet Manufacturing - Final Remedial Investigation Report 5/25/2010 Remedial Investigation Report
Swan Manufacturing - Final Remedial Investigation Report - Appendices F-J 5/7/2009 Remedial Investigation Report
Swan Manufacturing - Final Remedial Investigation Report - Appendices A-E 5/7/2009 Remedial Investigation Report
Swan Manufacturing - Final Remedial Investigation Report 5/7/2009 Remedial Investigation Report
Cadet Manufacturing Company Groundwater Pump and Treat Interim Action SMC/Cadet Commingled Plume DRAFT Work Plan 11/19/2007 Interim Action Documents
Cadet Manufacturing Company South Fruit Valley Neighborhood Results of Soil Gas and Groundwater Testing and Foundation Survey - Need for Indoor Air Sampling 3/1/2006 Site Specific Administrative Document - other (Administrative correspondence)
Cadet Manufacturing Company South Fruit Valley Neighborhood- Additional Information about Groundwater Soil Investigation and Cleanup Work in Your Area 5/1/2005 Site Specific Administrative Document - other (Administrative correspondence)
Cadet Manufacturing Company Fruit Valley Neighborhood Air and Groundwater Cleanup Schedule 6/1/2003 Site Specific Administrative Document - other (Administrative correspondence)
Vancouver Port of NuStar Cadet Swan Site Hazard Assessment 8/1/1998 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 5

Contaminant Type
Soil
Groundwater
Surface Water
Air
Sediment
Bedrock
Halogenated Organics - Halogenated Organics C C B RB
Metals - Metals - Other S C S
Non-Halogenated Organics - Petroleum Products-Unspecified B
Halogenated Organics - Halogenated Solvents C C C
Non-Halogenated Organics - Other Non-Halogenated Organics 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.