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.