PORT ORCHARD — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has ordered the Navy to fix problems associated with a former hazardous waste dump near Port Orchard.
The EPA says its records show that a substantial amount of the waste in Gorst Creek Ravine is from the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. The landfill was the main dumping ground for shipyard waste between 1969 and 1970, when the site was not permitted by local authorities to take waste, the agency said. It later took waste from local residents before closing in 1989.
“I think we can say that the Navy is by far the largest single generator of waste in that landfill,” Jeffry Rodin, EPA’s on-scene coordinator, said.
The EPA’s order issued Tuesday says the Navy may be responsible for generating about 85 percent of the 150,000 cubic yards of waste at the site.
According to the EPA’s order, the Navy in April acknowledged that it may have disposed of waste at the site from 1969 to 1970. But the Navy said the EPA hasn’t established a connection between items the Navy disposed of and the contamination.