This page will be used for previous hazardous material sites located west of Pacific Highway South and east of Parkside Elementary School between 240th St and 252nd St.
The Salt Air neighborhood is incorporated into the cities of Des Moines and Kent.
Former US DOE transformer storage site from the 1960s-1970s (currently a trucking sales lot)
When used for transformer storage, it was next to a retirement home (known as Midway Manor). This location is 1/2 mile northeast of Parkside Elementary.
Since the 1960s PCB (polychlorinated biphenyl) has been considered a carcinogen (known to cause cancer in animals).
After attention was focused on the hazards and storage of oil containing PCB (used as an insulator inside of transformers) the site was up for sale sometime in the late 1970s or early 1980s.
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US DOE Site
Cleanup Site id: 4031
Facility Site id: 13756895
Washtington State Dept. of Ecology website link.
This site was located on Pacific Hwy South and 244th St.
This location was used by The Department of Energy to store transformers for Bonneville Power Administration purposes.
The transformers were stacked on pallets in a fenced area around the perimeter of the property (approximately 69,000 square feet) and were only visible if the gate was open.
(source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/_moonpie/401780732/ (under creative commons licensing)
When apartment complexes were built behind the property during the 1980's, some of the units were evacuated for hazmat concerns (around 1989-1990) possibly due to PCBs from improper storage of the transformers and from other property owners.
The property has had it's share of contamination after the DOE left. When Japanese Auto was using the area for car repairs, many engines, cars, and transmissions weren't properly stored as well.
While this site is a 1/2 mile northeast of the Parkside playground, it is unknown if PCP contamination did happen on the playground through a water source.
This location has been exposed to hazardous materials for over fifty years.