Facility Site ID: 1127 Cleanup Site ID: 4988

  • Site Status

  • Cleanup Started

Public Comment Period June 02, 2022-July 05, 2022

We have a comment period open for Hungry Whale Grocery cleanup documents and we will host an online informational public meeting on June 22 at 5:00 p.m. See below for how to join the meeting.  

We invite your comment on the following cleanup planning documents for the Hungry Whale Grocery site. 

Remedial Investigation (RI) and Feasibility Study (FS) Report. The report describes the contamination and where it is located. The report compares choices for how to cleanup the contamination.

Draft Cleanup Action Plan (dCAP). The plan describes Ecology's plan for cleaning up the contamination.

Agreed Order DE 20344. This is a legal agreement between Ecology and the Port of Grays Harbor (port). The port is the potentially liable person (PLP) who is responsible for cleanup at the site. The port received a $1.2 million remedial action grant from Ecology for cleanup construction. 

State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) Determination of Non-Significance. The document describes Ecology's decision that cleanup activities are not likely to harm the environment. 

A fact sheet briefly summarizes information about the site and the plan for cleanup.

Ecology will consider comments submitted during the comment period and may change the documents based on comments.

For tips on submitting comments, visit our commenting tips webpage.

Electronic documents relevant to the site can be viewed by clicking on the Documents section of this page. 

Printed documents are available at document repositories. Check with the Westport Public Library and the Port of Grays Harbor for opening hours. Printed documents are also available at Ecology's Southwest Regional Office in Lacey by appointment only. 

Online Informational Public Meeting June 22 At 5:00 P.M.

Ecology staff will present information about the site, the proposed cleanup, and answer questions.

The slide presentation for the meeting is now available.

Join the Zoom meeting online: https://waecy-wa-gov.zoom.us/j/81387014045 and select "join from browser."

Únase al reunión de zoom en línea https://waecy-wa-gov.zoom.us/j/81387014045.
Un traductor español estará disponible para responder preguntas.

Or join by phone: US Toll +1 253-215-8782 (Tacoma)
Meeting ID: 813 8701 4045

O únete por teléfono al US Toll+1 253-215-8782
Número de reunión: 813 8701 4045.  

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Site Description

Blue dot shows the location of the Hungry Whale Grocery site in Westport
Blue dot shows the location of the Hungry Whale Grocery site in Westport

The Hungry Whale Grocery site is located at the intersection of North Montesano Avenue and Wilson Street. The port owns the property. A portion of the property is leased as an active retail gasoline fueling station and convenience store.

The convenience store and gas station was constructed in the mid-1970s.  There are three gasoline underground storage tanks (USTs) and a gasoline dispensing island at the southern end of the site.


Gasoline contamination was confirmed in October 1990 when soil was sampled in areas near two unused underground storage tanks revealed high levels of total petroleum hydrocarbons.
In March 1991, one of the tanks was decommissioned and the other was removed. During this work, a thin layer of free product was found floating on the surface water in an area near the tank excavation.
In November 1991, Ecology hired a contractor to perform a Remedial Investigation and Feasibility Study at the site to determine the extent of contamination and examine cleanup alternatives.  Soil and groundwater sampling confirmed the presence of total petroleum hydrocarbons, benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylene above state cleanup standards. Hydraulic oil and lead were also found in groundwater.
Ecology entered into Agreed Order DE 94-S388 with the Port of Grays Harbor in 1995 to complete additional sampling and implement the selected cleanup remedy identified during the Feasibility Study.  A system was installed to cleanup groundwater contamination. The system ran from 1997 to 1999. Tests showed the treatment was not effective and groundwater contamination remained above state cleanup standards.
In 2006, Ecology entered into a Agreed Order DE 3812 with the Port of Grays Harbor to complete a Remedial Investigation and Feasibility Study to determine a new and more effective method for cleanup. 

Proposed Plan For Cleanup

Ecology's proposed cleanup plan is described in the draft Cleanup Action Plan (dCAP). 

The plan is based on removal of contaminant sources in soil and groundwater to reduce the amount of groundwater contaminated at the site. The port has a $1.2 million remedial action grant from Ecology to do the cleanup construction. 

The plan is a combination of soil excavation and groundwater removal and will include these actions:

  • The convenience store will be demolished and the remaining USTs and fuel dispensing equipment will be removed.
  • About 5,200 cubic yards of contaminated soil will be excavated and properly disposed of off-site. 
  • Groundwater entering the soil excavation will be pumped out and treated at an on-site facility. After treatment, the groundwater will be clean enough to be released into the City of Westport's stormwater ditch.
  • The excavation will be filled with clean soil after the groundwater is treated.
  • Once the contamination source is removed, concentrations in soil and groundwater will decrease from biological activity, called natural attenuation.
  • Conditions will be monitored to make sure the contamination decreases in groundwater.

Any contaminated soil that might extend beneath the street right-of-ways will not be removed.

The port will file an environmental covenant with the county if contamination remains at the site. Among other restrictions, the covenant will likely restrict groundwater use at the site. As long as the covenant is in place, Ecology will review conditions at the site every five years. 

Legal 5
Document Title Document Date Document Type
Hungry Whale Grocery Agreed Order 20344 5/11/2022 Agreed Order
Amendment to Agreed Order No. DE 3812 2/24/2016 Agreed Order Amendment
Hungry Whale Grocery Agreed Order Original Scanned copy 9/21/2006 Agreed Order
Hungry Whale Grocery Agreed Order Original Scanned copy 3/29/1995 Agreed Order
Hungry Whale Grocery PLP 12/17/1993 Final Potentially Liable Person Status Letter
Public Information 6
State Environmental Policy Act 1
Document Title Document Date Document Type
Hungry Whale Grocery SEPA DNS & Checklist 5/11/2022 SEPA Documents
Technical Reports 7
Document Title Document Date Document Type
Hungry Whale Grocery Draft Cleanup Action Plan 4/7/2022 Cleanup Action Plan
Hungry Whale Grocery - Remedial Investigation and Feasibility Study 4/22/2020 Remedial Investigation / Feasibility Study
Hungry Whale Focused FS 9/9/2013 Feasibility Study
Hungry Whale Grocery II 8/6/2012 Initial Investigation Report
Hungry Whale Grocery II #2 6/1/2012 Initial Investigation Report
HungryWhaleIndoorAirRpt 4/25/2012 Remedial Investigation Report
Air Sampling Scope of Work, Hungry Whale 2/10/2012 Scope Of Work
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.
  • Westport Timberland Library
    101 E Harms Drive
    Westport, 98595
    This location may only have print documents available during open comment periods.
  • Port of Grays Harbor Main Office
    111 S Wooding Street
    Aberdeen, 98520
    This location may only have print documents available during open comment periods.

Contaminants 3

Contaminant Type
Surface Water
Metals - Metals Priority Pollutants C C
Non-Halogenated Organics - Petroleum Products-Unspecified C
Non-Halogenated Organics - Petroleum-Other 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.