Northwest city cleans up site contaminated from logging industry

OLYMPIA, Wash. _The Port of Olympia is poised to begin building the roads and utilities to serve its 13-acre East Bay redevelopment project, cleaning up contaminated soils along the way.

The land, which supported timber-related industries from 1888 to 1968, was contaminated with petroleum products, heavy metals, solvents, PCBs and dioxins in the soil and groundwater.

Environmentalists have urged the state Department of Ecology to move through a cleanup process that identifies and corrects all lower Budd Inlet pollution sources before East Bay urban renewal begins.

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