Seattle Times
1120 John St, Seattle, WA 98109

Seattle Times Site
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Ecology is currently hosting a public comment period for documents associated with the cleanup of the Seattle Times Site. We will be accepting comments on the following documents from September 13 - October 12, 2021:

1) Agreed Order
This is a legal document that requires Onni John Street, LLC, the liable party for the cleanup, to investigate environmental conditions, complete a Remedial Investigation (RI) and Feasibility Study (FS), and a preliminary draft Cleanup Action Plan (dCAP) for the site;

2) Public Participation Plan
This describes how Ecology will inform the community about Site activities and opportunities to be involved in the cleanup process.

You can also read more about the cleanup here:

*  Ecology's Seattle Times Factsheet, in English, Spanish, and Chinese;
*  Ecologys' Blog.

To comment, you an follow the links to contacts at the right of this page, or use Ecology's e-comment system

Historical photo of Seattle Times Building in Seattle
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Seattle Times site is located at 1120 John Street in Seattle. Seattle Times first began operations at the facility in 1931. While in operation, the facility included at least 11 underground storage tanks (USTs), which contained a range of compounds including waste oils and liquids, heating oil, diesel fuel, gasoline, and petroleum- and solvent-based inks. Seattle Times ceased operations at its 1120 John Street facility in 2011. In 2013, Onni John Street (Land) LLC (Onni) purchased the former Seattle Times facility from Seattle Times.

In 2012 and 2013, Environmental Partners, Inc. (EPI), on behalf of the Onni Group, performed a limited subsurface investigation at the Seattle Times property. In 2018, EPI collected additional data to assess the vertical and horizontal limits of contamination previously identified in 2012 and 2013.

In 2020, Onni submitted a draft Remedial Investigation Report to Ecology, which Ecology reviewed and then provided comments. Onni collected additional data in 2020 independently without Ecology’s oversight. These investigations documented the following hazardous substances in soil and/or groundwater in amounts that exceed minimum allowed levels under the Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA):

• total petroleum hydrocarbons
• polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)
• tetrachloroethe (PCE)
• trichloroethene (TCE)
• vinyl chloride (VC)


Map showing site location as King County, WA SITE INFORMATION


View Electronic Documents

Cleanup Site Details Report

Facility Site ID: # 4377754

Cleanup Site ID: 14495

Seattle, King County

Status: Awaiting Cleanup   Get definitions of Status terminology

Sunny Becker
Site Manager

Brad Petrovich
Project Planner and Public Involvement Coordinator
(425) 533-5537

Document Repositories:

Northwest Regional Office
15700 Dayton Ave N
Shoreline, 98133