Norseland cleanup project ready to roll

"The cleanup of the former landfill located beneath what once was the Norseland Mobile Home Estates site in the Olympic View Industrial Park could start any day now, and be finished by fall.The Port of Bremerton commissioners last week granted the cleanup project to Stan Palmer Construction, a South Kitsap company with extensive experience in dealing with hazardous waste, through a competitive bid process. While managers with the company told port officials they could complete the project for $993,200, original estimates had settled around the $1.2 million mark.As a liable party, there are additional savings in store for the port, even though last year port and county officials agreed to pay $300,000 of the cleanup while the state Department of Ecology agreed to shell out the remaining $600,000. That's because port officials recently brokered a $550,00 settlement on behalf of the port and Kitsap County with the landfill's former operator, Puget Services Co., which will be shared equally between the two.Officials pursued the settlement to partially recoup costs associated with the actual cleanup of the Norseland site for relocating former Norseland residents to a newly built Orchard Bluff mobile home development in Port Orchard.Good thing, since, over the last seven years, the port has paid more than $3.5 million and the county more than $2.4 million in cleanup efforts and to relocate former Norseland residents.Cleanup plans call for grading the site and filling it with permeable, sandy silt material.The result, said deputy executive director Ken Attebury, will be two useable terraces of land on which several businesses could build.Officials with the state Department of Ecology don't expect the permeable land cover to expose garbage or hazardous materials in the future.Besides, state officials plan to heavily monitor the site over the next several years."

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