Facility Site ID: 21515785 Cleanup Site ID: 5686

Third Periodic Review Completed

Environmental cleanup is complete at the site and the third periodic review shows the cleanup work remains effective in protecting the health of people and the environment.

Because some contamination was left at the site, an environmental covenant was recorded on the property and filed with the county in 2000. When an environmental covenant exists for a cleanup site, Ecology reviews conditions about every five years to ensure the long-term effectiveness of the cleanup action.

Ecology visited the site on July 14, 2021. The building and asphalt pavement cover the contaminated soil and prevent exposure of people and the environment to the contamination.  

From September 22 to October 23, 2022, Ecology held a comment period to give the public an opportunity to comment on conditions at the site. No comments were received during the comment period and Ecology finalized the third periodic review report. 

Third Periodic Review Report Final

Site Description

Southeast corner of the former Totem Pole Restaurant building
Southeast corner of the former Totem Pole Restaurant building
The site is at 7720 NE Highway 99, where Highway 99 crosses NE 78th Street.  Today, the site is home to several retail businesses. The area surrounding the site is mostly commercial. 

Before 1960, there was an auto service station on the site.  The underground storage tank system at the station likely released petroleum and related chemicals into soil and groundwater.  

Site Cleanup

In 2000, about 2,020 tons of petroleum-contaminated soil was excavated and removed from the site and disposed at landfills.  Some soil contamination could not be removed because it was located next to the building. The contaminated soil is covered with asphalt pavement.

Groundwater conditions were monitored from March 2001 through January 2006.  Monitoring was not required after 2006 because all contaminant levels were below cleanup levels.

The site owner recorded an environmental (restrictive) covenant for the site in 2000 because contaminated soil remains on the property. Among the covenant's restrictions, it requires the current and future property owners take care of the asphalt covering the contaminated soil and make sure it is in good shape and repair. The covenant restricts any activity that may result in release or exposure to petroleum-contaminated soil or groundwater without written approval from Ecology. 

In 2006, Ecology determined that no further cleanup action was required at the site.

About every five years, Ecology reviews conditions at the site to make sure it still protects human health and the environment. 

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 #: 3259370
County Recording Date: 10/10/2000


  • Prohibit Soil Disturbance
  • Restrict All Ground Water Extraction/Well Installation
  • Restrict Land Use

Restricted Media

  • Groundwater
  • Soil
Legal 2
Document Title Document Date Document Type
No Further Action Letter 6/27/2006 NFA Letter – non-VCP
Environmental Covenant 10/12/2000 Environmental Covenant; Alternative Mechanism
Public Information 1
Document Title Document Date Document Type
Totem Pole Restaurant Responsiveness Summary (no comments) 10/24/2022 Responsiveness Summary
Technical Reports 4
Document Title Document Date Document Type
Totem Pole Restaurant - Third Periodic Review 11/14/2022 Periodic Review (5 Year)
Totem Pole Restaurant Final Third Periodic Review Report 10/24/2022 Periodic Review (5 Year)
Second Periodic Review Report - Final 11/13/2016 Periodic Review (5 Year)
Totem Pole Restaurant Final Periodic Review Report 2/6/2012 Periodic Review (5 Year)
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
Non-Halogenated Organics - Petroleum-Other C 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.