Department of Ecology News Release - February 20, 2014

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Comments sought on proposed Everett Smelter cleanup work

BELLEVUE – The public is encouraged to comment on a proposed interim, or partial, cleanup project for the Lowlands portion of the Everett Smelter cleanup area in northeastern Everett.

The Lowlands is the area generally between Marine View Drive and the Snohomish River. The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) will accept comments from Feb. 20 through March 24, 2014, on a document called the interim action scope of work. The document describes the proposed cleanup work.

Contamination from arsenic, lead and other metals was detected at the former Everett Smelter property in 1990. Studies also showed that arsenic and lead from smokestack emissions settled onto the ground in northeastern Everett. The fallout impacted about 500 private residences, three city parks, and commercial and industrial areas.

Ecology investigations have revealed a limited area of arsenic contamination in the groundwater above the state cleanup level. This area is south of the intersection of East Marine View Drive and the Riverside Business Park access road, just south of Broadway.

The proposed interim cleanup action will help Ecology determine whether material below the roadway contributes to groundwater contamination. The contamination is not affecting drinking water.

The interim action scope of work is available for review at:

Here’s how to submit comments:

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Media Contact:

Meg Bommarito, Ecology project manager for the Everett Smelter cleanup, 425-649-7256, meg.bommarito@ecy.wa.gov

For more information:

Everett Smelter web page (www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/tcp/sites_brochure/asarco/es_main.html)

Ecology’s social media (www.ecy.wa.gov/about/socialmedia.html)