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Georgia Pacific West Chlor-Alkali Area

Feasibility Study

Mar. 12, 2018 - Apr. 10, 2018

Ecology invites you to comment on a feasibility study (environmental report) that evaluates cleanup alternatives for contamination within the Chlor-Alkali area of the Georgia Pacific West site in Bellingham. 

The Port of Bellingham prepared the report with Ecology oversight. The Port identified and evaluated a range of cleanup alternatives, leading to a preferred alternative. All of this work is detailed in the report, and Ecology will accept comments on it from March 12 – April 10, 2018.

GP West Chlor-Alkali Area Feasibility Study Fact Sheet
Online Comment Form
GP West Cleanup Site Webpage

The approximately 74-acre Georgia-Pacific West cleanup site is located at 300 West Laurel Street, on the south side of Whatcom Waterway, in Bellingham. A pulp and tissue mill operated at the site from 1926 through 2007.  The Port of Bellingham acquired property within the site from Georgia-Pacific Corporation in January 2005, and plans to use the property for commercial, retail, and residential purposes.

Environmental investigations of the site showed contamination in two separate and distinct areas.  As a result, in 2013, the port and Ecology agreed to divide the site into two separate cleanup areas to expedite cleanup and support redevelopment.  The two areas are known as the Pulp and Tissue Mill area and the Chlor-Alkali area. 

In 2011 and 2013, interim cleanup actions were conducted to remove contaminated soils and building materials from the site.  The cleanup of the Pulp and Tissue Mill area was completed in 2016.

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Brian Sato
Department of Ecology, Northwest Regional Office
3190 160th Avenue SE
Bellevue, WA 98008-5452
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