Stage of Clean-up: Study Underway
Conditions at Proposal (December 1996): The Oeser Company s ite is a wood treating facility located in the northwestern porti on of the City of Bellingham, Washington. The facility comprises approximately 23.5 acres and is surrounded by mixed residential and industrial properties. The terrain at the site is relatively flat, but south of the site the terrain drops steeply into a rav ine drained by Little Squalicum Creek. The creek is fed by storm water discharges from several outfalls and by ground water and f lows approximately 2,100 feet from the Oeser Company outfall into Bellingham Bay. The Oeser Company has operated at the site since 1939 and pr epares and treats wood poles for utility companies. CREOSOTE [wh ich contains semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs)] was used as the chemical treating agent until 1973. PENTACHLOROPHENOL (PCP) has been used on site since the 1960s in both pressure and therm al treatment. An expanded site inspection (ESI) was conducted by Ecology and Environment, Inc., (E & E) in August/September 1995 at the req uest of the EPA. More...