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 and Well 12A. Since 1892, site activities have included the operation of an on-site landfill; rail car manufacturing, repair and maintenance; and operation of two foundries in support of the local railroad. Site activities and improper waste disposal contaminated soil and groundwater with hazardous chemicals. Following cleanup, operation and maintenance activities are ongoing.