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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 15, 2006
Contact: Lisa Nickel, Prosecutor's Office, Civil Division
Office Phone: 360-337-4974
No. 06-102

County Reaches Settlement Agreement with
Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe

PORT ORCHARD, WA—On Monday, December 18, Kitsap County is expected to agree to a $2.75 million settlement between the county, Waste Management of Washington, Inc. and the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe regarding the Hansville Landfill in North Kitsap. Both the county and Waste Management are expected to share in funding the agreement. The county and tribe have been working together over the past 11 years to reach an agreement on the impacts of the Hansville Landfill on tribal property. The agreement will become effective in the near future when other conditions, such as approval by the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Waste Management, have been met.

The eastern boundary of the tribe’s reservation is adjacent to the Hansville Landfill, which is situated on a 72-acre parcel owned by the county and located 4.5 miles south of the Hansville community. The landfill, which occupies 17.3 acres, began operations in 1962 and was closed in 1990 under the oversight of the Kitsap County Health District and Washington State Department of Ecology according to accepted regulatory standards. Since closure, the county has been working with ecology, the health district, the tribe and other parties to clean up the landfill.

The S’Klallam Tribe believes that it has certain claims against the county and Waste Management for on-reservation contamination originating from the Hansville Landfill. While the county and Waste Management dispute the tribe’s claims, they have agreed to resolve the dispute and address their respective concerns and obligations so a Cleanup Action Plan can be developed.

"This has been a really important issue for both the Port Gamble S'Klallam people and Kitsap County. By working together and understanding each other's concerns, we have been able to reach this agreement that will enable us to develop a Cleanup Action Plan that ensures human health and the environment are being protected,” said Commissioner Chris Endresen, District #1.

The preferred remedy, which the tribe supports under the agreement, is expected to include natural attenuation of the contamination at or migrating from the site onto the reservation and institutional controls on the reservation to restrict access to surface water contact and groundwater use in the protected area.

Tribal Chairman Ron Charles said, "We have studied this problem for over six years with the assistance of several federal agencies. Based on the results of those studies, we have concluded that the settlement agreement provides for a reasonable resolution of the issues involved with the landfill. We look forward to continuing to work with the county, Waste Management and our neighbors to make sure that the landfill does not threaten human health or the natural environment.”
 


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Last Updated:  May 27, 2014