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Pilot chemical clean-up program will begin development in 2020

July 08, 2019 / Issaquah Reporter

Efforts to study and clean up sites in Issaquah with trace amounts of chemical impacts will continue in 2020 thanks to funding from the state Legislature. The city of Issaquah is partnering with Eastside Fire and Rescue and the Department of Ecology on the continued study and development of action plans surrounding the per- and polyfluoroalkyl chemicals — also known as PFAS — found at sites in the city.
Thanks to work done with district representatives, Issaquah received $400,000 in funds from the state Legislature to pursue study and the development of a pilot clean-up program. The presence of PFAS chemicals is attributed to the use of old firefighting foam by the fire department in training exercises in the mid-2000s. While the use of that specific foam has stopped, remnants of PFAS chemicals still remain in the city. At the council committee work session on June 24, Bob Anderson of Geosyntec Consultants updated the council on some of the recent developments to the...