Dec. 01–The state Department of Ecology is accepting public comment on documents related to a project planned at the Shell Puget Sound Refinery near Anacortes.
The comment period opened Wednesday and runs through Jan. 4, according to a news release.
Ecology is taking comment on an agreed order and on a determination of nonsignificance under the state Environmental Policy Act. Those documents were recently completed regarding cleanup at a former waste site at the refinery.
The refinery is required, under the agreed order, to test the soil at the site and take necessary cleanup and containment actions before it can proceed with its proposal to build three petroleum storage tanks at the site, according to Ecology.
An agreed order is a legal document that describes who is responsible for contamination and what they must do to clean it up, according to Ecology.
A determination of nonsignificance means the state agency does not believe the proposed activity will have significant environmental impacts.
The documents are available online and at the Anacortes Public Library, 1220 10th St.
The Shell refinery processes up to 160,000 barrels of crude oil per day, creating a variety of petroleum products including gasoline.
The waste site was used for the disposal of a variety of materials in the 1970s and 1980s, according to the release. Those materials included wastewater treatment sludge, resins, sandblast sand, clay and sand used for filtration, and petroleum contaminated soil.
The release states that Ecology suspects hazardous substances including petroleum hydrocarbons, benzene, xylene, mercury and cancer-causing materials may be found at the site.
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