Work begins on BVS cleanup project

The Taxiway F cleanup project has begun at Skagit Regional Airport (BVS) in Burlington, Wash.

Clear Creek Contractors, Everett, is the contractor for the $1.2 million Port of Skagit project.

The cleanup site includes an aircraft hangar and adjacent area near Taxiway F at the western edge of the airport, and covers 2.2 acres. The hangar and surrounding area were used for crop-dusting operations between 1978 and about 2000, which included storage of chemicals for crop dusting. The port discovered stained soils at the site in 2000 and began the process of soil and groundwater investigation. Crop-dusting operations released several different chemicals including pesticides, fungicides, and herbicides in the area where chemical mixing and aircraft loading and storage occurred. The most commonly detected product is Thiodan, which is the trade name for endosulfan.

The cleanup work will include removing the contaminated soil to a permitted facility off-site; backfilling the excavations with clean, imported fill material; and restoring wetland and forest vegetation. The contractor expects to have the job substantially complete by December, using a crew of approximately six workers.

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