An Interim Action is a partial or short-term cleanup of contamination and is meant to reduce exposure to harmful contaminants while a long-term cleanup plan is worked on.
In the late 1800s until 1989, areas of Saddle Rock Park were mined for gold. This mining exploration resulted in the creation of waste rock piles. In 2011, Ecology collected soil samples from the waste rock piles and testing revealed high concentrations of arsenic, mercury, selenium, and silver. The site has hiking trails and is popular with hikers and horseback riders.
The cleanup of the lower waste rock piles is expected to occur later this year as an Interim Action under the Agreed Order. An Agreed Order is a legal agreement between Ecology and the City of Wenatchee that outlines the expectations, process, and schedule for cleanup at the site.
The arsenic and metals in soil exceed state standards for the protection of human health and the environment. Cleanup at the site will reduce or eliminate exposure to contaminants.
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