Department of Ecology News Release - October 1, 2015

Everett Smelter site “Lowlands” studies complete
Public comment period opens; community meeting on Oct. 15

EVERETT – Two recently completed studies on the “Lowlands” of the Everett Smelter cleanup site in north Everett will enable the Washington Department of Ecology to prepare a cleanup plan for areas along or near the Snohomish River. The area was polluted by the former smelter when it operated about a century ago.

Ecology seeks public comments on two reports summarizing these studies through Nov. 3 and invites anyone interested to a community meeting on Oct. 15.

Below Marine View Drive

The studies cover a 230-acre, mainly industrial area between East Marine View Drive and the riverbank, where emissions from smelter operations settled onto the ground. Parts of the Lowlands were polluted with lead, arsenic and other metals from the smelter operation, which was located just south of the intersection of North Broadway and East Marine View Drive.

One study, called the Supplemental Remedial Investigation, provides a comprehensive view of the extent of contamination in the Lowlands. It also identifies locations where soil, groundwater or surface water contain one or more pollutants at levels above state cleanup standards.

The other report, called a Feasibility Study, evaluates potential cleanup options for the locations affected by Everett Smelter contamination. These include removal, treatment, natural recovery, capping, site access restrictions and underground containment barriers.

Ecology will use the studies to prepare a cleanup plan for the site that will be offered for future public comment.

The “Uplands” portion of the site comprises about 215 acres in the city’s mainly residential northern peninsula, where soil contamination from arsenic, lead and other metals was first detected in 1990. Uplands residential and parks cleanup are complete, underway or in planning.

Information, comments, public meeting

The study reports and related materials are available at:

Written comments may be sent to Sandra Matthews, site manager, at:

The Oct. 15 community meeting will take place at Hawthorne Elementary School in the cafeteria from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Ecology staff will give a presentation, including an update on the Uplands cleanup, and answer questions.

Contacts:

Larry Altose, Ecology communications, 425-649-7009, @EcySeattle

Meg Bommarito, Ecology project manager, 425-649-7256