Former Gas Stations


There are more than 740 current and former gas station sites in Pierce County. Most of these sites are operated safely or have been cleaned up and don't threaten public health or the environment.

However, little is known about environmental conditions on more than 250 former gas station sites. These sites stopped operating as a gas station before current environmental regulations, or haven't been assessed by current, prospective, or new property owners.

We DON'T know if these sites pose a threat to public health or the environment. We DO know that properties with environmental unknowns have less value and are more difficult to sell. Because a healthy economy and property values help create healthy communities, the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department has developed two innovative programs, among the first of their kind in the country, to inventory sites potentially contaminated by former business uses, research available cleanup information, and provide resources for owners to assess and redevelop their properties.

The Abandoned Commercial Tank Project (Project ACT) is the Health Department's effort to inventory and gather available information on former gas station sites in Pierce County. This project is funded by a Site Hazard Assessment Grant from the Washington State Department of Ecology. The project started in 2003 and will be complete in early 2005. Find out more.

The Brownfields Assessment Project is the Health Department's effort to assess and promote redevelopment of former gas station sites where little or no environmental information exists. This project is funded by a Brownfields Assessment Grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The project started in late 2004 and will be completed in 2006. Find out more.