In an effort to increase and improve the infrastructure for its Mukilteo ferry terminal, the Washington State Department of Transportation has begun the Mukilteo Multimodal Project, a 10 year plan to move the ferry terminal to a new location 1.3 miles to the East at the site of the Mukilteo Tank Farm Pier, a disused U.S. Air Force site that was shut down in 1989. The project involves the demolition and removal of wooden pilings that were covered in creosote in order to prevent the logs from rotting while submerged in water. The Tank Farm Pier currently accounts for 4% of all toxic creosote found in the Puget Sound.
NVL Laboratories’ environmental monitoring for creosote exposure addresses public concerns regarding nuisance odors resulting from the removal of creosote-covered pilings at the Mukilteo Multimodal Terminal Tank Farm Pier Demolition Project. NVL Laboratories’ monitoring provided quantitative data regarding public exposures to help address outrage issues. Total cost for the work performed was $5600.