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Department of Ecology considers taking former pesticide plant off hazardous list

Department of Ecology considers taking former pesticide plant off hazardous list

YAKIMA, Wash. - Leaders from the Washington State Department of Ecology say a hazardous property in Yakima may not be so dangerous anymore.

They're proposing to take former Crop King Woods Industries off the hazardous site list. It was a pesticide plant for over 50 years and contaminated the groundwater on the land.

Ecology leaders said the land is ranked a one, meaning the highest level of concern, but they believe the property no longer contributes to contamination so it can be taken off the list.

Department of Ecology PIO Joye Redfield-Wilder says crews have been cleaning up the soil with the hopes that the property can be used for redevelopment.

"All along this railway area there is contaminated groundwater and we've been cleaning it up at various sites and this is one more site," she said.

Ecology leaders say they'll be taking public comment about taking the land off the hazardous list until February 15.

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