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Toxics Cleanup Program


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Click to view larger map. The cleanup site is divided into Uplands (residential) and Lowlands cleanup areas. The two areas are on different cleanup schedules.

Ecology is cleaning up arsenic and lead contamination from the Everett Smelter, in residential and industrial areas of northeast Everett.

We’re more than halfway done! Check out our cleanup progress.

The Asarco smelter operated from 1894-1912, but the contamination was only discovered in 1990. Smelter operations left high levels of arsenic and lead on the former smelter property. Contaminated particles from the smokestacks settled over the surrounding area.

From 1999-2007, Ecology managed cleanup of the most highly contaminated areas, including the former smelter property.

In 2009, we received funding through a bankruptcy settlement with Asarco to continue cleanup work. We have now spent most of the settlement funds on residential cleanups in the Upland Area and development of a cleanup plan for the Lowlands Area. We are actively seeking additional state funds to continue cleanup.

With the remaining settlement funds, we will:

  • Complete cleanup of 11 homes in 2017
  • Complete limited residential sampling in 2017
  • Complete prioritized phases of Lowlands Area cleanup

What’s New?

March 2017

  • We are in the process of selecting a contractor for cleanup of 11 homes in the Delta neighborhood. Construction will take place summer and fall. 
  • We are planning the cleanup of area A1 in the Lowlands. Excavation of contaminated soil will take place in summer and fall 2017.
  • A new groundwater study is in progress to aid in the design of cleanup in area B2 in the Lowlands.

December 2016

  • We began the cleanup process for 11 properties in the Delta Neighborhood!
  • We completed soil sampling on 44 properties this fall, as well as Everett Housing Authority’s 12 Pines neighborhood.

November 2016

  • After public review and comment, Ecology has finalized the Lowlands Cleanup Action Plan and related documents. Technical reports and public involvement materials are available in our online Document Repository.

Spring 2016

  • We completed soil removal on 22 properties north of Broadway.  
  • American Legion Memorial Park is NOW OPEN! Ecology completed the soil removal and landscape restoration project.
  • After public review and comment, Ecology has finalized the Supplemental Remedial Investigation and Feasibility Study reports for the Lowlands Area. Technical reports and public involvement materials are available in our online Document Repository.


This page last updated March 15, 2017

right portion of Everett Smelter Mill site

Hotline
(425) 446-1024

Staff will return all calls within 24 hours including weekends.

Sandra Matthews
Project Manager
sandra.matthews
@ecy.wa.gov 
(425) 649-7206

Jim White
Toxicologist
jim.white
@ecy.wa.gov 
(360) 407-7324

Snohomish Health District
Mike Young
myoung
@shd.snohomish.wa.gov
(425) 339-5250