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Toxics Cleanup Program

Everett Smelter Background

The Asarco smelter, which operated in Everett in the early 1900s, caused widespread arsenic and lead contamination in northeast Everett. In addition to contamination left behind on the old smelter property, particles from the stacks settled on the surrounding areas, contaminating soil.  

The Washington Department of Ecology managed the cleanup of the most highly contaminated properties from 1999 -2007.  In 2009, Ecology received funding through a bankruptcy settlement with Asarco to continue with cleanup efforts. Ecology has developed a cleanup plan for the rest of the contaminated properties impacted by the former smelter.  

Click to view larger map. The cleanup site is broken into 2 areas, the uplands (residential) and lowlands cleanup areas. The two areas are on different cleanup schedules.

Latest News

  • Public comment period on the Lowlands area Supplemental Remedial Investigation and Feasibility Study reports runs from October 5 to November 3.  Visit the Lowlands Area Cleanup webpage for details.
  • Please attend a site update public meeting on October 15, 2015. The meeting is from 6:30– 8:30 p.m. in the Hawthorne Elementary School Cafeteria (1110 Poplar St, Everett, WA 98201).
  • American Legion Memorial Park soil removal has begun! Find out more on our "Parks Cleanup" webpage.
  • Residential property soil removal will start in October for 21 properties north of Broadway.

Recent Site Documents

Healthy Actions Poster

Video courtesy of the City of Everett.
(this Flickr slideshow uses Adobe Shockwave)

right portion of Everett Smelter Mill site

(425) 446-1024

Staff will return all calls within 24 hours including weekends.

Meg Bommarito
Project Manager
(425) 649-7256

Sandra Matthews
Lowlands Site Manager
(425) 649-7206

Marieke Rack
Public Involvement Specialist
(425) 649-7052

Jim White
(360) 407-7324

Snohomish Health District
Mike Young
(425) 339-5250