SEATTLE – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials are extending the public review and comment period for the former Naval Auxiliary Air Station Quillayute Proposed Plan to July 15, 2016.
The Proposed Plan summarizes information from the Remedial Investigation, Baseline Risk Assessment and multiple environmental investigations to determine if past Department of Defense activities may have released hazardous substances into soil and groundwater. Investigation results were compared to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Washington Department of Ecology health-based screening levels, confirming all risks and hazards regarding human health or the environment are within or below acceptable values. The recommended final action in the Proposed Plan is No Further Action.
The Formerly Used Defense Site (FUDS) was used as an auxiliary air station from about 1941-1946. In June 1946, the property was declared excess and in the early 1960s it was transferred to the General Services Administration for disposal without restriction. The State of Washington acquired a majority of the property in 1962 for use as an emergency landing field while the rest of the property was sold to the Quillayute Prairie School District or private individuals.
Current ownership of the 1,202-acre property includes private individuals, State of Washington, and the City of Forks, Washington.
The public can participate in the decision making process by providing comments on the Proposed Plan which is available for viewing at http://tinyurl.com/QuillayuteFUDS. The Administrative Record files are available at Forks Branch Library. The Corps, in collaboration with the Washington State Department of Ecology, will select the final action after review and consideration of public comments.
Comments on the Proposed Plan may be submitted by mail or email and must be postmarked by July 16, 2016.
For more information or to submit comments:
Release no. 16-022