Everett Smelter Cleanup
In 2011-2012, Ecology sampled soil in the three parks located within the Everett Smelter Cleanup Site boundary:
Sampling showed that all three parks had soil arsenic levels above the cleanup level for the Everett Smelter Cleanup Site.
In the 2013-2015 state budget, Ecology received funding to begin cleanup
efforts at parks in Everett. Using this funding, Ecology completed soil
removal and restoration at American
Legion Memorial Park in spring 2016. Ecology
hopes to clean up contaminated soil at the Viola Oursler Viewpoint and
Wiggums Hollow Park.. However, funding is currently limited,
and Ecology is unable to clean up these two parks at this time. Ecology is
actively seeking additional funds to continue park cleanup.
Ecology worked with the City of Everett to clean up contaminated soil at American Legion Memorial park from 2015 to early 2016. Cleanup was designed to remove contaminated soils while protecting park trees. A cleaned up and freshly landscaped park re-opened to the public in April 2016!
Due to funding limitations, Ecology has not been able to schedule a cleanup at iggums Hollow Park and the Viola Oursler Viewpoint. The contamination present at these two parks does not pose an immediate health risk. However, exposure to arsenic over time may be a health hazard. If you plan on visiting either of these parks, please limit your exposure to contaminated soils by:
Page last updated May 25, 2016
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