Chevron 90619
1205 Washington St, Bellingham, WA 98225

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Cleanup Process Underway!

The Washington Department of Ecology is working with current and historical site operators (operators) to clean up contamination at this site, located at 1205 Washington Street in Bellingham. Ecology, Chevron Environmental Management Company, and Shell Oil Products have entered into a formal legal agreement called an agreed order to study the extent of contamination and develop a plan to clean it up.

Ecology recently conducted a 30-day comment period on the draft agreed order, and received no comments. The agreed order was therefore signed and became final and effective on July 6, 2018.

The agreed order requires operators to: 

  • Describe the types and extent of contamination, and weigh cleanup options through an environmental report for the property; 
  • Choose cleanup methods through a draft cleanup action plan;
  • If needed, conduct a partial cleanup before the final cleanup plan is complete; this is called an interim action, and can occur throughout the cleanup process. If an interim action is done, we will require a separate comment period.

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The Chevron 90619 Site is located within the City of Bellingham, Whatcom County at the intersection of Elm, Washington and Broadway Streets. The 0.61 acre site is located approximately 0.4 miles northeast of Bellingham Bay (Squalicum Harbor). Gas and service stations operated at the site from about 1930 until the late 1980’s. The tanks, infrastructure and building were removed in 1991. A series of coffee shops/restaurants operated at the location until 2015. A new tenant opened a butcher shop at the site in August 2017.

Investigations in 1991 showed petroleum in soil and groundwater that exceeded cleanup levels allowed under the Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA). Diesel and gasoline-range hydrocarbons, benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylenes were detected in soil and groundwater samples. The most current ground water monitoring report for the entire site was submitted in 1995. It detailed sampling results for four out of eleven wells. One well had benzene above cleanup levels. A later report looked at a portion of the Site and showed gasoline in soil above cleanup levels. These are hazardous substances under WAC 173-340-200 and may pose a threat to human health and the environment.


Map showing site location as Whatcom County, WA SITE INFORMATION


View Electronic Documents

Cleanup Site Details Report

Facility Site ID: # 35363194

Cleanup Site ID: 8836

Bellingham, Whatcom County

Status: Cleanup Started   Get definitions of Status terminology

Mary O'Herron
Project Manager
(360) 715-5225

Brad Petrovich
Project Planner and Public Involvement Coordinator
(425) 649-4486

Document Repositories:

Northwest Regional Office
3190 160th Ave SE
Bellevue, 98008-5452

Bellingham Public Library
201 Central Avenue
Bellingham, 98227

Ecology Bellingham Field Office
913 Squalicum Way, Unit 101
Bellingham, 98225