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GP West Lignin Operable Unit, Bellingham

Cleanup and legal documents ready for public review

June 16, 2022 - July 19, 2022, 11:59 p.m.

The Lignin Operable Unit is within the Chlor-Alkali Areaof the Georgia-Pacific West cleanup site on the Bellingham waterfront.

Ecology and the Port of Bellingham have prioritized cleanup of the Lignin Operable Unit so that Mercy Housing Northwest can purchase it and redevelop the property as affordable housing. The port will clean up the Lignin Operable Unit under a legal agreement (Consent Decree Amendment) with Ecology. After the cleanup, Mercy Housing Northwest will purchase a portion of the property from the port and redevelop it under another legal agreement (Prospective Purchaser Consent Decree) with Ecology.

The following documents are available for review on the Georgia-Pacific West cleanup webpage :

  • Cleanup Action Plan: Ecology’s plan that describes the cleanup work to address contamination within the Lignin Operable Unit.
  • Consent Decree Amendment: Amendment to a previous legal agreement between Ecology and the port that requires the port to complete engineering design documents and clean up the Lignin Operable Unit.
  • Prospective Purchaser Consent Decree: Legal agreement between Ecology and Mercy Housing NW that settles Mercy Housing NW’s cleanup liability for the Lignin Operable Unit and details property access requirements and affordable housing development information. 
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Sandra Matthews
PO Box 330316
Shoreline, WA 98133-9716
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Community Outreach and Environmental Education Specialist
ian.fawley@ecy.wa.gov
425-324-5901

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