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.
The cleanup site is broken into 2 areas, the upland and lowland cleanup areas. The two areas are on two different cleanup schedules. Click here for a map of the overall site.
Ecology is wrapping up cleanup work that was started in 2012 . Work will begin late this summer on a new group of properties east and west of East Marine View Drive. Visit the latest information page for more on the current project status.
Recent Site Documents
Snohomish Health District
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