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Wyckoff superfund site to receive $5 million in stimulus money

The EPA has announced that over $600 million in new funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 would be earmarked for polluted sites across the nation.

The Wyckoff Superfund site, located on the southern mouth of Eagle Harbor, is one of 50 sites that will receive federal stimulus money for ongoing cleanup.

About $5 million is earmarked for Wyckoff, which was put on the National Priorities cleanup list in 1987.

"They only thing being conducted with stimulus money are in the very near term," said EPA project manager, Mary Jane Nearman. "We'll use it in preparation for the capping and the shoreline stabilization."

Specifically, the funds will be used to upgrade and supplement existing ground water extraction wells and to install an additional one. The funds will also be used to demolish an aging treatment facility.

A new state-of-the-art pumping and treatment facility will go online in the next few months.

The 60-acre contaminated site is the byproduct of the former Wyckoff wood-treating facility which operated from 1903 to 1988.

The site is still contaminated with residue from the wood treating facility including creosote, pentachlorophenol and various polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, which could cause public health problems.

The EPA has opted to clean and cap the site. It is expected the project will be completed in five to seven years.

The Wyckoff capping is one of two projects receiving money in the state, the other being Commencement Bay in Tacoma.

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