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~' i *ii ~i~,=i~ ...... 4, :~ ~ , , i ~ ~,~, ~i!~!~i~ii!~'~:~','~ / !~i,~i!i' ~ ! :::::5:::: .-.-.-.-= .- ..-.-: ~.:.:.:.:.: .-.-....= i~i!i!~!i!i !~!i!i!i!ii Quincy does we!l at math competttton Pioneer Elementary teams take top honors at math championship. see page 8 i, 10 pages 48, Number 47 ST- Quincy, Washington USPS No 453-080. The Quincy Valley GISTER Thursday, May 1, 1997 50 cents tizens concerned about Mayor's actions by Jennifer R. Diamond citizens last Thursday evening to r May~PattyMartin's in a children's health waste and fcrtlizer issues. In February, the Mayor attended Conference in Washington, D.C. by the Children's Envi- I Health Network. A memo the Department of Ecology Martin testified there were ~uincy. It possibly a result being Martin told the audience she did Mayor of Quincy, as the mayor of a small town in Several citizens were concerned Bto whether the mayor attended the with the knowledge of city council. The council said were only aware of the mayor to Washington, D.C., and not she was attending the confer- Greg Richardson, an area grower, behalf of the State Potato and the Potato Grow- of Washington. He said the dealings with the Depart- and untrustworthy. He said was a misuse of office ~1 she used her position as Mayor lget into high places to express her / Po~1-R~gister photo by Jenn~f~ R. OlamorKI Councilman Tony Gonzales reads from an internal Department of Ecology memo which stated the mayor, while at a children's health conference, testified there were possible contaminates in Quincy soil as a result of hazardous waste in fertilizer. "This room is full of successful good fertilizer," he ~id. "The whole community is at risk and the proper authorities are deal' ing with the situation already." Richardson said the mayor's current contact with a Seattle Times reporter, Duff Wilson, is cause for concern. "We appreciate your concern, but Washington has taken a lead in clean environment activities," he said. please see Meeting on page 3 OE hosts special informational meeting by Diamond group of nearly 250 concerned gathered Wednesday to listen to the Department of (DOE) explain a hazardous pond problems of Cenex property. representatives fielded ques- the audience on several is- :~nd concerns. Some questions of time the DOE has how was allowed to be built next to a why is it within limits, director ! eastern regio0, presented a photo ;in August of 1991. He DOE didn't know about the site until then, when it Cenex. The current site t~to existence in 1974, when it by Western Farm Service, purchasedthecom- 1982 and constructed the rin- The rinsate pond use in the fall of 1989, . Cenex discontinued use of plant near the rinsate some tanks were removed or part of the site. environmental and ~IP-,eialist for Cenex, explained company as a retail of petroleum and farm sup- :Said the company has been pro- :the site and the clean- attempting to identify the site and we are it cleaned up," he ~SChler said the rinsate pond was Cenex time-line and clean up 1974-Western Farm Service, Inc. (WFS), was established to distribute liquid fer~lizers and sog fumigants. The fumigant tanks were located on a con- crete slab and an earthen berm was installed at some later date. A large fumigant spill dudng 1982 (date uncer- tain) is suspected. 1982-Cenex acquires the WFS opera. tion and continues to distdbute liquid fertilizers and soil fumigants. Spring, 1986-Rinsepad and concrete containment structure constructed. A spray system was later installed and contamination of the soils surrounding the containment structure probably oc- curred during the time the spray system was in use. Fall, 1989--The use of the rinsate col- lection pond was discontinued. January, 1990-Pond sludge was sampled by Cenex end analyzed for pesticides. The results detected five pesticides. March, 1990-Rinsate pond was cleaned out and the water and the sludge, were disposed of (field applied). The concrete walls of the pond were collapsed and the area was filled with Soil. '1991-Operation of the fumigant plant ended, Aug. 28, l~l-Ecology's Hazardous Waste Inspector inspected Cenex's fa- cilities in Quincy. April 6, 1992-Ecology issued Cenex an Order, requiring Cenex to develop and implement a site assessment plan. July 24, 1992-First draft of the Site Assessment Plan for Rinsate Pond and Fumigant Plant was prepared by Cenex. Dec. 23,1992-Second draft of the Site Assessment Plan was completed by Cenex. May 11,1993--The Environmental Pro- tection Agency (EPA) conducted a site assessment of the area in and around the former rinsate containment structure. Sludge and soil samples were collected end submitted for analysis. May 18, 1993-Third draft of the Site As- sessment Plan was completed by Cenex. This draft did not receive a formal review by Ecology. May 19, 1993-Ecology issued an amend. ment to their order requiring Cenex to sub- mit a revised assessment plan. March 4, 1994-Ecology received assess- ment report prepared by Ecology and En- vironment, Inc. March 23, 1994-Sampling and analysis plan for the fumigant tanks was prepared. Aug. 30, 1994-Fumigant tanks sampled. Dec. 15, 1994-Contaminatian removed from fumigant tanks. Tanks cleaned and scrapped. More than 11 tons of contami- nated material was removed from the site and disposed of In Utah. Feb. 26, 1995-Fourth draft of the Site Assessment Plan was completed by Cenex. April 7, 1995-Fifth and final draft of the Site Assessment Plan was completed. JuneT-8,1 ~-Soil samplingin and around the rinsate pond and the fumigant plant areas are taken. Sept. 14-15,1 985-Soil sampling was done beneath the floors of the dnsate pond and the fumigant plant. Dec. 1995--Four monitoring wells were ddlled and completed. June 21, 1996--First water samples were collacted and sent for analysis. Aug. 19-20, 1996-Monitoring wells five, six end seven were drilled and completed. Sept. 4,1996-Officlals detected an error in their analyses for beryllium. Samples were rasul0mitted. Sept. 13, 1996-Letter to initiate registra- tion of the site under the Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA) was prepared. Sept. 26 to Oct. 2, 1996-Monitoring wells eight and nine were drilled and com- pleted. eel 14-15, 1996-Water samples col- lected from monitoring wells and sent for analyses. Nov. 7,1996-Complete set of indexed site documents were delivered to Grant County Health and the City of Quincy. Revision and additions were sent to both Grant County Health and the City of Quincy on Jan. 29, 1997, Feb. 13, 1997 and March 21, 1997. Nov. 20, 1996--Meeting held to discuss future work to be performed. Dec., 1996-Cenex assigned the project to West Central Environmental Con- sultants. Feb. 19, 1997-Cenex sends first draft of MTCA Agreed Order to Ecology. Tentative Schedule for Quincy Site Cleanup May-Stabilize surface soils to prevent wind bome transport of soil from site. Removal of two soil piles and the upper one foot of soil from the site for disposal at a special, regulated waste landfill. Fresh gravel will be spread over the site as a temporary cap. A third round of groundwater samples taken from exist- ing wells. Additional soil samplastaken from school property and tested for her- bicide and pesticide residue. Small scale pilot tests to obtain information about groundwater movement and per- meability of the soil. June-Submittal of Draft Remedial In- vestigation Report to Ecology. The report will be reviewed and finalized during the summer months. July-Draft Feasibility Study submitted to Ecology. In late July, another public meeting may be held to discuss the various cleanup options considered for the site. September-Installation and implemen- tation of the cleanup system. constructed to prevent ground contami- nation and to recycle fertilizer. Unfor- tunately the idea didn't work well and the company was left with 55,000 gal- lons of useless fertilizers mixtures. He said these same types of facilities were built all over the U.S. "The pesticide was put in there to be please see Cenex on page 3 Board begins to work out details by Jennifer R. Diamond The school board met Monday evening to discuss the educational speci- fications for the proposed bond improve- ments and new school construction. Gary Dinwoodie, from ALSC Ar- chitects, presented the f~rst educational specifications which basically set a bud- get for each modernization and con- strucfion. "This gives us the first responsible look," he said. "One thing will not change and that is the end result." The board will review each of the specifications during a special board meeting work session scheduled for May 7 at 7 p.m. Jerry Eide, regional manager for West Central Environmental Consultants, re- quested Quincy Junior High students be kept indoors during the removal of soil from the Cenex hazardous waste area. The removal process began Wednesday evening and is expected to be completed on Friday. The board selected Brian Fitch as the new Mtn. View principal and Cindy Bunton as the Special Education Direc- ts. All of the principals in the district gave presentations reviewing April ac- tivities at their schools. The Junior High reported a success- ful wellness day, with more than 500 students participating. They also presented information on the canoe safety class they currently offer. Bill Higgins, principal at Quincy Junior High, announced Teresa Goninan as the teacher of the year in the North Central Washington District. The Junior High first place Odyssey of the Minds team shared their state competition experience. The team took fhst place in regionals and eighth place at state. A community problem solving team presented their problem which earned them first place. The team problem was the Petri Ford building. The group of eight stu- dents researched the property, contacted potential buyers and contacted the owner of the property. They said the property owner has reported there are interested buyers in the property, but as of yet there is no sale. The team has also been invited to Hanover, Mich., for the National Prob- lem Solving Competition. A second problcra solving te~n chose hunger in the community as their prob- lem. They helped load food for the food bank and organized food drives in the schools. They also took first place in their division. The Pioneer report was given in pan by the winning Math Is Cool champi- onship teams. Lelia Coghill, principal for Pioneer, said they are also experimenting with a new report card. The high school reported the TSA club swept the state competition last month in Cheney. Four TSA students have been elected as state officers and the team has been invited to Washing- ton, D.C., to compete in the National Competition. llnside.., j Records ................. 2 Valley Schools ..... 8 I Weather .... . ............. 2 Classifieds .......... 9 | Glance Back ........ 2 Valley Business 10 | News Briefs ......... 3 I Weather Ahead i o,um :" ....... ........ 11 Joyce Edie ....... ,...5 I .I l