Eastmont Junior High
905 8th St NE, East Wenatchee, WA 98802


The Eastmont Junior High School site is located at 905 8th Street in East Wenatchee.  Soil samples collected from the site in 2001 confirmed the presence of area-wide lead and arsenic soil contamination at concentrations exceeding MTCA Method A cleanup levels. 

Area-wide soil contamination is defined as contamination above state cleanup levels that is dispersed over a large geographic area. The soil contamination in this case is a result of central Washington’s orchard industry. Much of the region consists of current or former orchard land, where long-term pesticide application has taken its toll. Lead arsenate, a pesticide commonly used between the years of 1905 and 1947 to control the codling moth, has been identified as the primary source of increased lead and arsenic concentrations.

Due to their chemical structure, lead and arsenic tend to bond with soil particles and often remain at or near ground surface level for decades, creating an exposure pathway through inhalation and/or ingestion.

Although lead and arsenic are naturally occurring elements, elevated concentrations have been proven to have a negative impact on human health. Young children are generally more susceptible than adults.


In 2005 and 2006, asphalt and an engineered soil cover were applied to different parts of the site including sports fields, tennis courts, and landscaped areas.  An Environmental Covenant was recorded for the property in 2005.  The Environmental Covenant limits property use and exposure of contaminated soils.


Based upon cleanup activities, Ecology has determined the site is no longer a threat to human health and the environment.  A No Further Action determination was issued in November 2005.

You can find site documents by using the “View Electronic Documents” link in the bar on the right, or requesting information from the Central Regional Office public records coordinator.


Ecology conducts periodic reviews 5 years at sites that have Environmental Covenants and/or Institutional Controls. The review is intended to examine the effectiveness of cleanup activities and to assure the continued protection of human health and the environment.

Periodic Review Results

  • The cleanup actions completed at the Site are protective of human health and the environment.
  • A restrictive covenant has been recorded for the Site that restricts activities that may expose contaminated soil, and notifies future property owners of contamination remaining at the Site.
  • Soils cleanup levels have not been met at the Site; however, the cleanup action is determined to comply with cleanup standards at the time of the action, since the long-term integrity of the containment system is ensured and the requirements for containment technologies have been met. 

Based on the periodic reviews, Ecology has determined that the requirements of the restrictive covenant are being followed.  No additional remedial actions are required by the School District, but maintenance of the field should be continued.  It is the School District’s responsibility to continue to inspect and maintain the Site to ensure that the integrity of the cap is maintained.


Map showing site location as Douglas County, WA SITE INFORMATION


View Electronic Documents

Cleanup Site Details Report

Facility Site ID: # 83426117

Cleanup Site ID: 1904

East Wenatchee, Douglas County

Status: No Further Action   Get definitions of Status terminology

Jeff Newschwander
Periodic Review Coordinator
(509) 454-7842

Document Repositories:

Central Regional Office
1250 W Alder St
Union Gap, 98903-0009