Navy to hold meeting on testing of polluted site

Naval Air Station Whidbey Island is holding a public information meeting Feb. 1 to discuss groundwater and drinking water sampling near a polluted area.

Area 6 is a 260-acre site located in the southeast corner of Ault Field on North Whidbey.

A 1993 “Superfund Record of Decision” describes the amount of chemicals that were dumped at the site from 1969 to 1988. That included 2.2 million gallons of liquids and sludge, between 300,000 and 700,000 gallons of acids and solvents, an estimated 100,000 to 600,000 gallons of oily sludge, and unknown quantities of oils, asbestos and other hazardous waste.

Neighboring homes had to abandon wells in the 1990s and the Navy paid for them to be connected to city water line. The Navy installed extraction wells to treat the groundwater beneath Area 6 through an air stripping system which has reduced the plume of volatile organic chemicals.

Now the Navy will be sampling wells in the area and testing for the presence of vinyl chloride, 1,4-dioxane, and per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, also known as PFAS.

The Navy will be sending letters to people who live in the specified sampling area near Area 6.

The public meeting is 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1, at the Chief Petty Officer’s Club at 1080 West Ault Field Road in Oak Harbor.

More in News

Man accused of raping his stepdaughter

An Oak Harbor man is accused of raping his stepdaughter over a… Continue reading

Car thief threatens judge

A car thief who threatened a judge in court was recently sent… Continue reading

New year, sheriff, off to busy start

With a murder and plane crash within the first two weeks of… Continue reading

Boy, 12, brings BB gun, knives to school

A 12-year-old boy could face a criminal charge for bringing a BB… Continue reading

Commissioners may revisit new events regulations

Island County commissioners are considering changes to recently adopted rural event regulations… Continue reading

Carlyle hits the gas on renewable energy bill

By Emma Scher WNPA Olympia News Bureau A bill to transition Washington… Continue reading

Taxation with representation: Senate holds hearing on capital gains tax

By Sean Harding WNPA Olympia News Bureau People representing small business owners… Continue reading

‘Bring Back Our $30 Car Tabs’ initiative could be on November ballot

By Emma Epperly WNPA Olympia News Bureau “Bring Back Our $30 Car… Continue reading

Most Read