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 2013. Visit the latest information page for more on the current project status.
A public comment period is underway from February 20 – March 24 for a proposed interim (partial cleanup) action in the Lowlands area of the Everett Smelter site. Ecology is planning to locate and remove arsenic contaminated soil along the intersection of US 529 and East Marine View Drive this summer. For more information about this comment period – visit the Lowlands Area page.
Recent Site Documents
Snohomish Health District
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