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Duane St. Safeway Property

Summary Information
(last updated on: 8/23/2016 1:38:54 PM)
[Dec. 2015] Previous site use of the property included an automobile repair garage and paint shop, a used car sales business, a dry cleaning establishment, a newspaper printing company, and a Safeway grocery store.

In 2012, the City of Astoria received Brownfield assistance from Oregon DEQ through DEQ’s 128a EPA Brownfield grant to conduct assessment activities to determine the extent of soil and groundwater impact from previous site activities. Later in that year, the city received a pilot grant from the EPA to conduct additional assessment and cleanup at the site.

Soil, groundwater, and soil gas sampling have been conducted at the site. The investigations found the highest levels of contamination in soil (metals, petroleum, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, polychlorinated biphenyls) beneath the NW corner of the raised parking structure (SC-3). Groundwater has also been impacted with low levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and metals. Soil gas sampling did not show any levels of contaminants above health based screening levels.

An Analysis of Brownfield Cleanup Alternatives (ABCA) was released for public comment in October, 2015. No comments were received during the public comment period. Therefore, an interim remedial action measure (IRAM) work plan was submitted and subsequently approved by DEQ that includes soil removal, disposal, and confirmation sampling.

Specifically, stockpile soil present in the sunken basement area of the former Safeway building (SC-1 and SC-2) will be removed and disposed of under a DEQ Solid Waste Letter of Authorization at the Astoria Rock Quarry, located off of Pipeline Road. Soil in the northeast corner beneath the raised parking strucutre (DU-2) will also be removed to a depth of 12 inches and disposed of at the quarry. The material disposed of at the quarry will be covered with a minimum of three feet of clean soil and managed in accordance with the requirements of the SWLA. Soil from the northwest corner beneath the raised parking structure (SC-3) is considered hazardous waste and will be disposed of at Arlington Landfill in eastern Oregon.

Following soil removal, confirmation samples will be collected from the leave surface beneath the raised parking deck area and analyzed for: metals, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, polychlorinated biphenyls, and dioxins/furans. The removal is scheduled to begin in early January and last approximately 3 weeks. A link to the IRAM Work Plan is included below.
General Site Information
Site: Duane St. Safeway Property (ECSI Site ID: 4075) CERCLIS (EPA) Id
Project Manager: Rebecca Wells-Albers Investigative Status:Contamination Suspected
PM Phone: (503) 229-5585 NPL(National Priority Listing):No
Address: 1153 Duane St. Is this site an Orphan?No
Astoria, 97103 Is this site a brownfield?Yes
County: CLATSOP Action Underway or Needed: REMOVAL
Region: Northwest Region Click for more details ...  
Site Documents
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File NameCategory File Size MB Document Date Upload Date
astoria heritage sq meeting presentation 5-21-14.pdf Fact Sheets 5.5069 6/6/2014
4075_Site_Investigation_Rpt_06-29-12.pdf Reports 4.8316 7/11/2012
NWDCER4075HeritageSquareABCA20151001.pdf Reports 2.1349 10/1/2015 10/1/2015
NWDCER4075FinalSIReport,6-9-15.pdf Reports 10.0864 6/9/2015 11/9/2017
FINAL_QAPP_Astoria.pdf Work Plans 8.6253 6/6/2014
NWDCER4075HeritageSquareIRAMWorkPlan20151223.pdf Work Plans 6.1059 12/23/2015 12/23/2015
NWDCER4075HeritageSquareIRAMWorkPlanAddendum20160128.pdf Work Plans 7.1245 1/28/2016 1/28/2016
NWDCER4075QAPPSAPAddendumMonitoringWell20160629.pdf Work Plans 0.5244 6/29/2016 6/29/2016
Site Links
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Astoria Chinese Heritage | Garden of Surging Waves | Astoria, Oregon Website presenting the background of the commemorative park, which is located on the west side of the Heritage Square site.
City of Astoria Oregon: Heritage Square Redevelopment Project City of Astoria website for the Heritage Square brownfield project.
Photographs

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Garden of Surging Waves (located at the NW corner of Duane and 11th Street). The Garden is on the west side of the site.
6/6/2014
Garden of Surging Waves inaugural ceremony, May 2014
6/6/2014
Garden of Surging Waves
6/6/2014
Garden of Surging Waves facing west towards City Hall
6/6/2014
View of soil stockpile and collapsed Safeway area on central/east side of site. City Hall and Garden of Surging Waves in background.
6/6/2014
View facing east from west side of sunken area showing soil stockpile. Sample location DP-19 located in left corner (just inside wall).
6/6/2014
View of downtown Astoria, Heritage Square
6/6/2014
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