Sound Battery aka: Allied Battery Co Inc Tacoma

Facility Site ID: 1247 Cleanup Site ID: 3646

Site Background

The Sound Battery site is a voluntary cleanup site located at 2310 East 11th Street in Tacoma.

Batteries were manufactured on this site for several decades beginning in the 1940s. During environmental investigations, lead was found in soil and groundwater. Based on this contamination, the site was included on the state Hazardous Sites List.   

The property owners worked with Ecology under the Voluntary Cleanup Program to remove the contaminated soil and treat and monitor the groundwater. Over 1,200 tons of contaminated soil was removed as part of cleanup.

Several soil and groundwater tests showed that the cleanup was successful. Ecology has determined that no further action is necessary.  

Voluntary Cleanup Program

This site was cleaned up under our Voluntary Cleanup Program, which provides technical help to owners of contaminated sites.

Voluntary Cleanup Program customers pay fees to cover our costs for technical help and reviewing cleanup reports. Sites in this program must meet the same cleanup standards as the sites Ecology manages under legal orders.

Site use restrictions called institutional controls are in effect

Institutional controls can be fences, signs, or restrictions on how the property is used. For instance, an institutional control may prohibit installing drinking water wells or disturbing a protective cap that isolates contamination. These restrictions keep the contamination contained and keep people from being exposed to the contamination. The controls are usually listed in environmental covenants recorded with the county.

Periodic reviews are required when institutional controls are required at a site. Ecology conducts reviews to make sure the controls remain effective and the cleanup still protects human health and the environment. We conduct periodic reviews about every five years.

Environmental Covenant

County Recording #: 201702030329
County Recording Date: 2/3/2017

Covenant Restrictions

  • Maintain/Protect Monitoring System
  • Restrict All Ground Water Extraction/Well Installation
  • Restrict Land Use

Media Restrictions

  • Groundwater
Legal 3
Document Title Document Date Document Type
Recorded Env. Covenant 2/3/2017 Environmental Covenant; Alternative Mechanism
Sound Battery Aka Allied Enforcement Order 97TC-S137 June 1997 6/12/1997 Enforcement Order
In the Matter of Remedial Action by: Sound Battery Company 1/5/1991 Enforcement Order
Public Information 1
Document Title Document Date Document Type
Sound Battery delisting fact sheet 12/21/2017 Fact Sheet\Public Notices
Technical Reports 7
Document Title Document Date Document Type
2022-10 Sound Battery Cov Letter 10/24/2022 Site Specific Administrative Document - other (Administrative correspondence)
Allied Battery CO Inc.Tacoma - Cover Letter and Groundwater Monitoring Reoprt 2/4/2020 Groundwater Monitoring Report
2022-10 Sound Battery Q3 GW monitoring report 11/1/2019 Groundwater Monitoring Report
Long-term GW Monitoring Plan 7/1/2016 Performance/Confirmational Monitoring Plan or Report
Closure Report Sound Battery, Tacoma, WA 7/27/2015 Final Cleanup Action Report
Sound Battery (Allied Battery) Cleanup Acton Plan 6/24/2014 Cleanup Action Plan
Remedial Investigation and Focused Feasibility Study, Sound Battery, Tacoma 11/19/2013 Remedial Investigation / Feasibility Study
Voluntary Cleanup Program 1
Document Title Document Date Document Type
2017.10.23_SW1208_Sound (Allied) Battery Co. Inc._Site NFA with EC and GW Monitoring Plan 10/23/2017 VCP Opinion on Site Cleanup – NFA
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 1

Contaminant Type
Surface Water
Metals - Lead RB RB
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.