Superfund Site: COMMENCEMENT BAY, SOUTH TACOMA CHANNEL
TACOMA, WA

Superfund Site Profile

SITE BACKGROUND

The 2.5 square-mile Commencement Bay, South Tacoma Channel site is located in Tacoma, Washington. The site includes three separate areas:

  • the South Tacoma Field
  • the Tacoma Landfill
  • Well 12A

Since 1892, site activities have included the operation of an on-site landfill; rail car manufacturing, repair and maintenance; waste oil reprocessing, and operation of two foundries in support of the local railroad. Site activities and improper waste disposal contaminated soil and groundwater with hazardous chemicals.