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Superfund Site Report: OESER CO
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  • Site Description
    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...
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  • Threats and Contaminants
    Contaminants Detected

    Air Soil Other
    CUMENE  X  
    INDENO(1,2,3-CD)PYRENE X   
    M-XYLENE    X
    P-XYLENE    X
    PHENOL X   
    PYRENE X   

    Groundwater and Drinking Water

    Were drinking water wells shut down due to contamination? No data
    Are drinking water wells potentially threatened? No data
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  • Pre-Cleanup Rankings
    EPA Hazard Ranking System scores for OESER CO:

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    *Note: EPA's Hazard Ranking System is designed to screen and prioritize sites for the Superfund program, based on limited data available at time of listing. These scores are not based on a comprehensive risk assessment of the site and do not reflect conditions after initiation of cleanup work.
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  • Site Information
    Site Name: OESER CO
    EPA ID: WAD008957243
    Address: 730 MARINE DR
    BELLINGHAM, WA 98225
    Other Names: OESAR CEDAR CO INC
    Site Ownership: Other
    Category of Site: No data
    Date of Final Listing on the NPL: September 25, 1997
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  • Potentially Responsible Party (PRP) Involvement
    Number of PRPs currently associated with this site: 0

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