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Commenting open: May 07, 2021 12:00AM PT - June 07, 2021 10:59PM PT.

Draft Model Remedies for Cleanup of Former Orchard Properties in Central and Eastern Washington


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This model remedy addresses properties impacted by lead arsenate, a pesticide used from the late 1800s until approximately 1950. Though the resulting lead and arsenic contamination is similar to what is found within the smelter plumes of western and northeast Washington, this document is for the arid, irrigated conditions in central and eastern Washington.


The goals of the model remedy:

  • To provide simple sampling and cleanup guidance for any former orchard property;
  • To encourage independent cleanup during property redevelopment;
  • To provide consistency and clarity for developers and home builders; and
  • To encourage independent cleanup during smaller projects involving soil movement, such as landscaping, building a deck, or putting in a swimming pool.


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