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Carnation property continues to be focus of environmental testing

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Port of Sunnyside commissioners (L-R) Jim Grubenhoff, Arnold Martin and Jeff Matson Monday discuss port matters with staff present at the commissioners meeting.

The environmental testing process is nearly complete, according to Port of Sunnyside Property Development and Project Manager Jed Crowther.

At Monday's Port of Sunnyside commissioners meeting he said the next step is to determine whether or not any contamination has migrated to neighboring properties.

Crowther said Maul Foster and Alongi, Inc. submitted a work order for proceeding with testing. The costs are estimated at $24,044 and the Port of Sunnyside has received just more than $24,400 from Nestle.

The funding from the company that owns Carnation Milks will be utilized to help cover costs associated with the environmental review of the Carnation Plant property, located at the corner of Sunnyside's East Lincoln Avenue and South First Street.

In addition to the funds from Nestle, the Port of Sunnyside is using a $200,000 grant to complete the review of the property.

Jim Darling of Maul Foster and Alongi has indicated lab results from testing completed on property neighboring the Carnation site will be available by summer's end.

In his work order, Darling indicated a draft report of his firm's findings will be available by September.

Commissioner Jim Grubenhoff said he is pleased to have a timeline from which to work from.

Crowther said he will need to consult with the property owner of the neighboring site to ensure the testing can be completed.

Crowther asked the commissioners to provide him authorization to sign the new work order on behalf of the Port of Sunnyside.

The commissioners granted their approval by unanimous consent.

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