Comments sought on Newcastle Coal Creek landfill report


The 1996-2000 cleanup of contaminated soil and groundwater at the former Newcastle Coal Creek Landfill site continues to protect public health and the environment, according to a recent review by the Department of Ecology.

The department is seeking public comment on the review from  March 7 through April 8.

The approximately 350-acre landfill is located within the Newcastle Golf Club property. It and the surrounding area were historically mined for coal from the late 19th century. Landfilling began in the old mine pits left vacant after mine closure.

Palmer Coking Coal Company operated the landfill as a permitted demolition waste disposal site from 1970 until it was purchased by Coal Creek Development Corporation (CCDC) in 1985. The landfill stopped receiving demolition waste in 1992 and it was formally closed in June 1993.

Newcastle Golf purchased the property in 1994.

Comments or questions about this site may be directed to Jing Liu, Department of Ecology, 3190 160th Ave. SE., Bellevue, WA 98008; More information is available by calling 425-649-4310.

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