Comment sought for Gorst cleanup project

The Kitsap County Board of Commissioners has approved a 30-day public comment period, in anticipation of applying for $400,000 of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) cleanup grants.

The two grants include a cleanup for the former Port Orchard Sand and Gravel site in Gorst along with assessment of abandoned underground storage tanks.

“There are a lot of abandoned gas stations with a potential for redevelopment,” said consultant Peter Battuello, a senior project manager for Parametrix in Bremerton. “We can use these grants to identify the contamination.”

Battuello called the grants “a significant funding source.”

Funds for the actual cleanup would come from developers, he said. Money for the Gorst part of the cleanup requires a 20 percent match, which will come from existing funds.

The deadline for the grant application is Nov. 12, so DCD added the item to the Board of Commissioners at the last minute.

Since the matter was immediately approved, the comment period will actually exceed the required 30 days.

Citizens can submit comments to the Department of Community Development by mail, 614 Division St. MS 36, Port Orchard, WA 98366. To make a phone comment call (360)337-7181 and ask for Eric Baker or Rick Kimball.

Additionally, a public meeting will occur at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Givens Center in Port Orchard.

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