Facility Site ID: 463 Cleanup Site ID: 3666

  • Site Status

  • Cleanup Started

Public Comment Period February 01, 2024-March 04, 2024

Ecology is proposing to remove the Yakima Old City Landfill site, located at S. 18th Street & Yakima R Mile 112 in Yakima, from its Hazardous Sites List (HSL).

The Hazardous Sites List is a list of sites Ecology reviewed for their potential threat to human health and the environment. This review is based on how much contamination is present, how toxic it is, and how easily it can come in contact with people and the environment. Sites must go through cleanup and meet state standards before Ecology can remove them from the list.

Review:

•  No Further Action Letter, dated June 28, 2019

More recent testing and evaluation showed that the lead detected was likely naturally occurring. Lead detection is now below state cleanup standards.

Submit comments to Frank Winslow, Site Manager by March 4, 2024, 11:59 p.m.

Email:    Frank.Winslow@ecy.wa.gov 
Mail:      1250 W. Alder Street, Union Gap, WA 98903
Online:   Comment form

Next Steps

After the public comment period ends, Ecology will review and respond to comments received and will hold a public meeting if 10 or more people request one. After review and consideration of comments received, the site will be removed from the Hazardous Site List.

Site Description

The Yakima Old City Landfill site was a dump and burn landfill which closed sometime in the late 1960s. It is approximately 28 acres in size, with a maximum fill depth of 40 feet. The site is currently a developed park.   
 
In 1986, a site inspection report was published by the Department of Ecology. This report states that in 1982 the Yakima River was sampled upstream and downstream of the site with an additional water sample from the pond immediately south of the site. These samples were analyzed for EPA priority pollutants, including pesticides. No contamination was found in any of the samples.
 
In May 1997, Yakima Health District (YHD) personnel sampled the downgradient groundwater and had it analyzed for aluminum, antimony, arsenic, barium, beryllium, cadmium, calcium, chloride, chromium, cobalt, copper, fluoride, iron, lead, magnesium, manganese, mercury, nickel, nitrate (as N), potassium, selenium, silver, sodium, sulfate, TPH, thallium, total dissolved solids, total organic carbon, vanadium, zinc and 36 volatile organics. Only lead was found above state cleanup levels.  

Further investigation showed that the lead detected was likely naturally occurring. Lead detection is now below state cleanup standards.
Legal 1
Document Title Document Date Document Type
Yakima Old City Landfill - No Further Action 6/28/2019 NFA Letter – non-VCP
Public Information 1
Document Title Document Date Document Type
Yakima Old City Landfill - Delisting Fact Sheet 2/1/2024 Fact Sheet\Public Notices
Technical Reports 2
Document Title Document Date Document Type
Yakima Old City Landfill SHA Results Notification 7/25/1997 Site Specific Administrative Document - other (Administrative correspondence)
Yakima Old City Landfill SHA 7/25/1997 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

  • Central Regional Office
    1250 W Alder St
    Union Gap, 98903-0009
    Please schedule an appointment to view print documents at this location.
  • Yakima Central Library
    102 N 3rd St
    Yakima, 98901
    This location may only have print documents available during open comment periods.

Contaminants 1

Contaminant Type
Soil
Groundwater
Surface Water
Air
Sediment
Bedrock
Metals - Lead B
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.