Department of Ecology News Release - August 22, 2016

Everett Smelter site "Lowlands" cleanups proposed
Public comment period open through Sept. 20

EVERETT – A proposed cleanup plan to address more of the historic pollution from the former Everett Smelter is ready for public review and comment. The plan covers the “Lowlands” portion of the cleanup site, along the Snohomish River.

Parts of northern Everett were polluted by the former smelter’s emissions and its demolition about a century ago.

The Washington Department of Ecology seeks public comments on the draft cleanup action plan for the Lowlands and related materials through Sept. 20, 2016. Ecology will review all comments before finalizing the plan.


The proposed cleanup plan covers 15 locations within the Everett Smelter Lowlands, a 230-acre, mainly industrial area between East Marine View Drive and the riverbank. Parts of the Lowlands were polluted with arsenic, lead, and other metals from the smelter operation, which was located at what is now the intersection of North Broadway and East Marine View Drive.

Ecology drew from two reports – the Supplemental Remedial Investigation and a Feasibility Study to select the cleanup technologies. More than one technology will be used at some of the locations:

All sites will be monitored after their cleanup actions to confirm that the cleanup remains effective.


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 park cleanups are complete, underway or in planning.

Information, comments

All of these materials are available at:

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


Krista Kenner, Ecology communications, 360-715-5205, @ecyNorth

Sandra Matthews, Ecology project manager, 425-649-7206