Sunnydell cleanup process continues

The Sunnydell Shooting Range is the site of a contamination investigation as part of an agreement between the range owners and the Washington State Department of Ecology. In 2004 high levels of lead were found in water and sediment samples on the property.  Sequim Gazette photo by Amanda Winters

Sequim Gazette

An investigation into lead levels at the Sunnydell Shooting Range, 292 Dryke Road, is nearing completion.


Guy Barrett, site manager with the Washington State Department of Ecology, said groundwater monitoring wells were installed at the property two weeks ago and more samples have been collected for analysis.


The investigation is part of a toxics cleanup program and stems from a 2004 sampling of water and sediment from the property that showed high levels of lead. The site was placed on the state’s Hazardous Sites List in 2006, and in 2009 the owners, Chuck Dryke and his son Matt, signed an agreed order, which is a legal agreement to conduct a toxics cleanup.


The first step in a toxics cleanup is to find out the type of toxins present and the extent of contamination.


A preliminary report found four areas of contamination on the shooting range and one area on neighboring property, according to a DOE update. The range has both lead and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, which are from clay targets. The neighboring land has only lead.


Barrett said soil, freshwater sediment and surface water samples were collected recently and will be analyzed further.


“When results from all of the samples are received, the consultant will write a draft remedial investigation for my review,” Barrett said in an e-mail. “After that report is finalized, a draft feasibility study will be written by the consultant for my review.”


Barrett said he will draft a cleanup action plan after choosing a remedy based on the feasibility study.


The remedial investigation, feasibility study and cleanup action plan will be open to public comment before the cleanup plan is implemented. Barrett said cleanup may not begin until around July 2012.


For more information go to Documents pertaining to the cleanup also can be found at the Sequim Library.


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