Fuel Processors Inc
701 Bozarth, Woodland, WA 98674

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WHAT'S NEW?

Last updated July 31, 2018

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This summer, you may see more activity at the former Fuel Processors, Inc. oil processing facility at 701 Bozarth Avenue. Contractors will study the soil and groundwater contamination beneath the site. Washington Department of Ecology is overseeing this environmental cleanup.

What work will be done?
Starting in mid-July, contractors for Shell Oil will work within the fenced area of the property and next to the BNSF railroad tracks. Contractors will work during normal working hours Monday-Friday. Work will continue until the first week of August.
During this time, heavy equipment, including trucks and drill rigs, will be on site. There should be little to no impact to neighbors. Work will include:

• Locating utilities
• Drilling and developing 5 new groundwater monitoring wells
• Drilling 9 boreholes for soil sampling
• Collecting soil and groundwater samples for laboratory testing

What will happen with the results?
Information from these studies will be used for a Remedial Investigation (RI) and Feasibility Study (FS). The RI provides information about the type and extent of contamination. The FS compares different ways to clean up the site, how much the cleanup will cost, and how long it will take. The public can comment on the draft RI and FS when the reports are ready.

What do we know about the contamination?
Past practices released petroleum products and solvents beneath the surface. Past efforts to clean up the site include removing and disposing of contaminated soil and covering residual contamination with concrete. This prevents people and animals from coming into contact with contaminated soil.

Results so far show that the contamination is mostly within the property boundary. It doesn’t go into Bozarth Avenue or past the alley to the south. This study will help us know how far to the west the contamination goes.
 
Is my drinking water safe?
Yes. Drinking water from the city’s water is safe to drink. The Washington Department of Health monitors public drinking water supplies to make sure it meets standards.
Ecology is overseeing cleanup of the Fuel Processors Incorporated’s (FPI) former facility in Woodland, Washington. FPI has hired a contractor, Coles Environmental Consulting, Inc. to study the contamination.
 
The contractors sample groundwater and soil. Groundwater is the water that flows underground through the soil. The sampling results will help Ecology determine the type and location of any contamination.

Ecology will have a draft Remedial Investigation (RI) for public review and comment in 2016. The RI that outlines the type and extent of contamination at the site.


Geologist sampling groundwater from a temporary boring with a peristaltic pump. Photo by David Coles.
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EN ESPAÑOL

Este verano, es posible que vea más actividad en la antigua instalación de procesamiento de petróleo Fuel Processors, Inc. en 701 Bozarth Avenue. Los contratistas estudiarán la contaminación del suelo y del agua subterránea debajo del sitio. El Departamento de Ecología de Washington está supervisando esta limpieza ambiental.

¿Qué trabajo se hará?
A partir de mediados de julio, los contratistas de Shell Oil trabajarán dentro del área cercada de la propiedad y al lado de las vías del ferrocarril BNSF. Los contratistas laborarán durante el horario normal de trabajo de lunes a viernes. Las labores continuarán hasta la primera semana de agosto.
Durante este tiempo, el equipo pesado, incluyendo camiones y plataformas de perforación, permanecerá en el sitio. Esto debería generar un impacto mínimo o nulo a los vecinos. El trabajo incluirá:

  • Ubicación de los servicios públicos
  • Perforación y desarrollo de 5 nuevos pozos de monitoreo de agua subterránea
  • Perforación de 9 pozos para muestreo del suelo 
  • Recolección de muestras de suelo y agua subterránea para pruebas de laboratorio
¿Qué pasará con los resultados?
La información de estos estudios se utilizará para una Investigación Correctiva (Remedial Investigation, RI) y un Estudio de Factibilidad (Feasibility Study, FS). El RI proporciona información sobre el tipo y grado de contaminación. El FS compara diferentes maneras de limpiar el sitio, cuánto costará la limpieza y cuánto demorará. El público puede comentar acerca del borrador de los RI y FS cuando los informes estén listos.

Ubicación de los servicios públicos 
Perforación y desarrollo de 5 nuevos pozos de monitoreo de agua subterránea 
Perforación de 9 pozos para muestreo del suelo
Recolección de muestras de suelo y agua subterránea para pruebas de laboratorio ¿Qué pasará con los resultados?

¿Qué sabemos sobre la contaminación?
Las prácticas anteriores liberaron productos derivados del petróleo y solventes debajo de la superficie. Los esfuerzos anteriores para limpiar el sitio incluyen la remoción y eliminación del suelo contaminado y el revestimiento con concreto de la contaminación residual. Esto evita que las personas y los animales entren en contacto con el suelo contaminado.

Los resultados hasta ahora muestran que la contaminación se encuentra principalmente dentro del límite de la propiedad. No entra en Bozarth Avenue ni pasa el callejón al sur. Este estudio nos ayudará a saber cuán lejos hacia el oeste está la contaminación.
 
¿Mi agua potable es segura?
Sí. El agua potable del agua de la ciudad es segura para beber. El Departamento de Salud de Washington supervisa los suministros públicos de agua potable para asegurarse de que se cumple con los estándares.


Crew installing a temporary borehole for soil and groundwater-grab samling using a push probe. Located in the former tank farm. Photo by David Coles.
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SITE BACKGROUND

Beginning in the 1930s, it was a Shell Oil Company wholesale petroleum plant. It was sold to a series of independent owners in the 1960s. A past owner planned to use the facility for solvent processing and submitted the required permitting documentation. The permit application is required for any company wanting to treat, store, or dispose of dangerous waste.
 
FPI purchased the site in 1984. In 1985, the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and FPI agreed to close the permit for dangerous waste disposal at the site. The site was used to collect, store, and dehydrate used oil from 1985 through 2000. It has been idle since 2000 except for maintaining the stormwater collection system.


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SITE CONTAMINATION

The soil under the plant and tank-farm areas was sampled in 2008 indicating that gasoline and oil contamination were present under much of the western half of the site. Ecology is reviewing the results from the sampling work done by FPI and its environmental consultant to determine if more sampling of the groundwater and soil outside of the property is needed.
 
Contaminants in the groundwater and soil include:

  • Weathered gasoline
  • Diesel 
  • Used oil products
  • Chlorinated Volatile Organic Compounds (CVOCs)


CLEANUP

In 1985, EPA and FPI agreed to close the site as a land disposal facility after soil contamination was found. FPI excavated contaminated soil and covered the area with a bermed, concrete secondary containment structure. The soil was sampled again in 1985 and 1986, which confirmed contamination under the concrete.

The current sampling is part of a larger cleanup process. Ecology oversees the work that FPI is doing to determine the type and location of the contamination and help define the best cleanup solutions. The data will be used for a Remedial Investigation (RI) and Feasibility Study (FS). The RI provides information about the type and extent of contamination. The FS compares different ways to clean up the site. It includes information about how much the cleanup will cost and how long it will take. The public will have an opportunity to comment on the RI and FS once a draft is ready.
 
The draft RI/FS is expected to be ready for review in 2016. Once the RI/FS is finalized, we will then propose a draft cleanup action plan (CAP). There will be an opportunity for the public to comment on the draft CAP when it is ready.


 

Map showing site location as Cowlitz County, WA SITE INFORMATION

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Cleanup Site Details Report

Facility Site ID: # 810

Cleanup Site ID: 76

Location:
Woodland, Cowlitz County

Status: Cleanup Started   Get definitions of Status terminology

Contacts:
Chuck Hoffman
Site Manager
(360) 407-6344

Bridgette Valdez-Kogle
Public Involvement Coordinator



Document Repositories:

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