Monday, March 10, 2014

Everett a hotbed for cleanup this year

By Seth Preston, communications manager, Toxics Cleanup Program

We recently told you about all of the Everett Smelter cleanup activity coming up in 2014. 
Everett Smelter yard work

You can find out more about Everett Smelter work at a public meeting Tuesday, March 11, at the Snohomish County PUD Auditorium. You can also read this Everett Herald article and our news release on the activities.

Want to see what the Everett Smelter cleanup work looks like? Check out some photos in our Flickr sets.

The photo at top right shows an example of workers replacing turf at a residential yard.

Port Gardner Bay sites

That isn't the only work our Toxics Cleanup Program plans for Everett this year. Everett's Port Gardner Bay is one of our high-priority areas for cleanup under the Puget Sound Initiative. We're working with the owners and others to help clean up 11 different sites along the bay. These are places where historical industrial activities contaminated land, groundwater and sediments at and near the shoreline.

This year, we will ask people to weigh in on various cleanup plans. For example, right now we're asking for public comments on proposed plans for the North Marina Ameron/Hulbert site.

We also expect comment periods for other sites (Jeld-Wen, ExxonMobil ADC, Bay Wood Products, TC Systems Inc., and another for North Marina Ameron/Hulbert).
Digging up contamination at a Puget Sound Initiative site

Can you dig it?

In the summer and fall, you will see equipment and workers, too, at some sites. (The photo at right shows an example of some work done in 2011 at North Marina Ameron/Hulbert.)

On the schedule this year: sampling at the Weyerhaeuser Mill A site, in-water dredging at the Everett Shipyard site, and continuing upland cleanups focused on pockets of contamination at the Kimberly-Clark Worldwide site.

Stay tuned for updates!

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