State grant will clean up Sunnyside Carnation plant

April 11, 2013 

— The Port of Sunnyside will use a $300,000 state grant to finish cleaning up contamination at the old Carnation industrial milk processing plant.

The project will protect the environment and is planned to bring new business and family-wage jobs to the community. The port will start cleanup work in this spring to ready the property at 111 E. Lincoln Ave. for brownfield redevelopment. The port expects to complete the work by 2015, according to the Washington Department of Ecology , which provided the grant. Brownfield sites are abandoned or underused properties where there may be environmental contamination. Redevelopment efforts are often hindered by the liability for the cleanup or the uncertainty of cleanup costs.

The port used a previous Ecology grant to complete a detailed evaluation of the property, including studying the building integrity of the old plant.

The examination also looked at details regarding the extent and type of environmental contamination and potential uses for the property. Based on the evaluation, the port officially bought the property in December 2012.

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