Monday, August 15, 2011

Around the Sound: Port Gardner site on track for 2012 cleanup

By Seth Preston, Communications Manager, Toxics Cleanup Program

We’re closing in on a milestone for a cleanup site on Everett’s Port Gardner Bay.

Ecology and the Port of Everett are preparing to sign a consent decree for the cleanup of the North Marina West End site. The legal agreement between Ecology and the port details what actions are needed to protect human health and the environment at the site. The decree requires the port to carry out the cleanup actions that will be identified in the site’s final cleanup action plan.

Right now, we expect cleanup work to start at the site in 2012.

Here’s a story from the Herald in Everett about the pending agreement. And here’s an Ecology news release on the public comment period about the agreement and other site documents.

The site is located between 11th and 14th streets, off West Marine View Drive southwest of the Legion Memorial Golf Course in western Everett. The site housed timber-product operations from about 1890 until about 1950. The North Marina area was filled to its current configuration between about 1947 and 1955.

Since then, the North Marina West End site has been used for commercial, marine and general industrial purposes. Uses included trucking and marine construction activities such as welding, pile driving, sandblasting, creosote log storage, and painting. The site also included storage tanks for diesel fuel, gasoline, waste and heating oils.

These uses contaminated soil, groundwater and sediment with a variety of chemicals, petroleum products and heavy metals.

The port already has performed some significant partial cleanup work. Between 2006 and 2008, the port dug up more 40,000 tons of contaminated soil and disposed of it off-site. Petroleum-contaminated groundwater also was cleaned up.

Port Gardner Bay is a high-priority cleanup area under the Puget Sound Initiative. Here’s a rundown on the Port Gardner sites.

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