SUPERLON PLASTICS CO INC
2116 Taylor Way, Tacoma, WA 98421-4302

DITCH INTERIM ACTION WORK PLAN FINALIZED

Ecology finalized the Ditch Interim Action Work Plan. The Interim Action Work Plan describes excavating arsenic- and lead-contaminated sediment from the bottom of the ditch and removing contaminated soil from the side of the ditch located next to the Site. 

A fact sheet briefly summarizes information about the plan for excavating the ditch. 

Ecology held a public comment period from February 11 to March 14, 2021, inviting comments on the draft Ditch Interim Action Work Plan. We received two sets of comments. The Responsiveness Summary provides our response to comments.

Ecology made no changes to the draft plan based on the comments received during the comment period. 

Ecology staff is overseeing the project to ensure that human health and the environment are protected during construction.

If you wish to view the electronic documents related to this Site, click on the "View Electronic Documents" link on the right under "Site Information".

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SITE DESCRIPTION

The Superlon property is 3.1 acres (parcel 0321351042) located south of the intersection of Taylor Way and Lincoln Ave. The property is located in an industrial area of the Tacoma tideflats.  Currently, the property is owned by Superlon Plastics Co Inc, which produces extruded plastic pipe.

The site became contaminated from past industrial and waste disposal practices, described below. So far, Site investigations have focused on the contamination within the property and have found contaminated soil and groundwater throughout the property. 

Due to highly elevated arsenic and lead concentrations in soil at the Site, we have used Interim Actions (partial cleanups) to more quickly address the most severe contamination.

Previous Interim Actions on the property have included:

  • Building demolition and debris removal.
  • Treatment and removal of ponded water from the basement of a former building.
  • Removal of landfilled wastes buried on the property. 
  • Creation of a stormwater evaporation pond to prevent contaminated surface water from leaving the property.

The most significant interim action currently underway requires removal of arsenic- and lead-contaminated soils throughout the property and treatment of perched groundwater. Perched groundwater is groundwater trapped above an impermeable soil layer.

The proposed 2021 ditch Interim Action will expand the soil excavation area into the ditch and the side of the ditch on neighboring property. The area excavated from the side of the  ditch will extend onto the Superlon property.  


SITE HISTORY

Since the 1920s, this Site has been an industrial facility. The property was first a lead-arsenate pesticide plant and then a lumber company and wood treatment facility. Past industrial activities included pesticide manufacturing, wood treatment, chemical and fuel storage, and historical landfilling activities. In 1972, Superlon Plastics Co Inc purchased the property. 

Several contaminants above state cleanup levels have been found in soil, groundwater and standing water. The contaminants include:

In 2009, Ecology entered into a legal agreement, Agreed Order 5940, with the potentially liable persons (PLPs) who are cleaning up the site. In 2016 the Agreed Order was amended to include two more PLPs.

The PLPs for the Site:

  • White Birch Group, LLC
  • E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company
  • Superlon Plastics, Inc.
  • The Chemours Company FC, LLC 

The cleanup process at the site has been ongoing for a long time. Below are links to fact sheets about the Site and the year the fact sheet was released. Fact sheets and other electronic reports about the Site are also available by clicking on the link to "View Electronic Documents" on the right under "Site Information."


TO FIND MORE INFORMATION ABOUT CLEANUP SITES

For more information about cleanup sites in the neighborhood and throughout Washington, go to:

  • What's In My Neighborhood is a map-based search tool. Enter an address or zoom into an area to find sites.
  • Cleanup and Tank Search is a text-based search tool and lets you filter lists by location, contaminant, cleanup status, and more. 

These tools also show completed cleanups. 


 

Map showing site location as Pierce County, WA SITE INFORMATION

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View Electronic Documents

Cleanup Site Details Report

Facility Site ID: # 2776343

Cleanup Site ID: 2096

Location:
Tacoma, Pierce County

Status: Cleanup Started   Get definitions of Status terminology

Contacts:
Joyce Mercuri
Site Manager
(360) 407-6260

Nancy Davis
Public Involvement Coordinator
(360) 489-4971


Document Repositories:

Southwest Regional Office
300 Desmond Dr SE
Lacey, 98503-1274
(360)407-6365