Commencement Bay Nearshore/Tideflats NPL Site

Puyallup Tribe of the Puyallup Reservation, Muckleshoot Indian Tribe (previously listed as the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe of the Muckleshoot Reservation, Washington)
State TrusteeState of Washington
Federal TrusteeDepartment of Commerce
AO Bureau

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Commencement Bay, Puget Sound


Contaminants of Concern Include

Affected DOI Resources Include

Migratory Birds, Anadromous Fish, Recreational Use Loss, Threatened and Endangered Species

Financial Summary

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Case Description

Extensively dredged and filled since the 1800’s, this 12-square mile site consists of eight industrialized waterways, shorelines and uplands. Nearly 300 industries have produced a variety of hazardous substances such as solvents, metals, PCBs, pesticides, and PAHs which end up in the air, surface and ground water, as well as the sediments and soils of the Commencement Bay area. Concentrations of 100 to 1000 times those in reference areas were measured for 28 contaminants or contaminant groups. This widespread contamination led the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to list the site in 1981 as a Superfund site. Contaminants released from activities such as ship building and repair, timber-related pulp and kraft milling, oil refining, chemical manufacturing and storage, aluminum and specialty ore smelting, and automotive repair and recycling, have impacted fish and wildlife of South Puget Sound. These contaminant related impacts include fishery closures and warnings, exceedences of State water and sediment quality standards, fin erosion, tumors in fish, reproductive and behavioral effects, suppressed disease resistance, and reduced populations.

Credit: USFWS

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Case Documents

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 Factsheet Fact Sheet 07/01/2006


 MOA/MOU Commencement Bay Trustees Agreement 08/09/1990
 Restoration Agreement Restoration Agreement 05/31/1995
 Restoration Agreement Yowkwala Property Preservation SiteTrustees Agreement 09/12/2001

Assessment;Case Funding

 HEA/REA Hylebos Waterway Settlement Proposal Report 03/14/2002
 PAS Preassessment Screen 10/29/1991


 Complaint Complaint BHP Hawaii, Inc. 04/10/2008
 Complaint Complaint Weyerhaeuser Co. 04/10/2008
 Consent Decree Consent Decree (BHP Hawaii) 06/13/2008
 Consent Decree Consent Decree (CD Foss Maritime) 05/23/2011
 Consent Decree Consent Decree (General Metals) 07/11/2008
 Consent Decree Consent Decree (Glacier-Northwest) 08/08/2007
 Consent Decree Consent Decree (Kaiser Aluminum) 08/15/2003
 Consent Decree Consent Decree (Weyerhaeuser) 06/13/2008
 Consent Decree Consent Decree-Murray Pacific 12/09/2005
 Consent Decree Consent Decree-Occidental Chemical 08/18/2009
 Consent Decree Consent Decree-Petroleum Reclaiming 06/05/2009
 Consent Decree Consent Decree-Ryder Systems 05/12/2006
 Consent Decree Consent Decree-U.S. 12/12/2007

Restoration (Showing 1 of 10 items. Group continues on the next page.)

 Restoration Monitoring Plan 2001 Restoration Monitoring Program 03/01/2001

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Case Contact

Washington Fish and Wildlife Office

Lacey, WA | (360) 753-9440 |

Associated Restoration Projects

Case Trustees

AO Bureau
Federal TrusteeDepartment of Commerce
State TrusteeState of Washington
Tribe TrusteePuyallup Tribe of the Puyallup Reservation
Tribe TrusteeMuckleshoot Indian Tribe (previously listed as the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe of the Muckleshoot Reservation, Washington)

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