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Everett Smelter cleanup

Ecology is cleaning up lead and arsenic contamination left behind by the Everett Smelter, in residential and industrial areas of Northeast Everett.

The Everett Smelter was operated by Asarco from 1894-1912, but the contamination wasn't discovered until 1990. Smelter operations left high levels of arsenic and lead on the former smelter property. Contaminated particles from the smokestacks settled over a 1.1 square mile area.

We're more than halfway done

We have now completed cleanup work on more than half of the approximately 700 homes in the uplands area and at American Legion Memorial Park. We have sampled for contamination at all the properties that requested it. For details, see our cleanup progress page.
Map of the Everett Smelter cleanup area, showing the overall site boundary, the uplands and lowlands boundaries, and the footprint of the former smelter facility.

The cleanup site is divided into Uplands (residential) and Lowlands cleanup areas. The two areas are on different cleanup schedules.

From 1999-2007, we managed cleanup of the most highly contaminated areas, including the former smelter property.

In 2009, we received funding through a bankruptcy settlement with Asarco to continue cleanup work.

We have now spent most of the settlement funds on residential cleanups in the uplands area and development of a cleanup plan for the lowlands area. We are seeking additional state funds to continue cleanup.

With the remaining settlement funds, we will complete prioritized phases of lowlands area cleanup.

What’s new?

August 2018

  • Construction begins August 16 at the intersection of SR 529 and East Marine View Drive. On Thursday and Friday August 16 and 17, Snohomish county PUD will be doing some pole work at the top of Riverside Road where it meets East Marine View Drive. The right turn lane northbound on East Marine View Drive will be closed for the pole work. You will still be able to turn right onto Riverside Road from the middle lane.
  • The order of the construction phases has changed  traffic revisions planned for Phase 2 will now come first, beginning August 22. Contractors will start setting up the Phase 2 configuration of traffic revisions on East Marine View drive on Wednesday, August 22. Some demolition of islands in the road will begin.
  • Full Phase 2 traffic revision will be in place on Tuesday, August 28.
  • Please drive carefully and follow the construction signs and the directions of traffic control personnel. Thanks for your patience with this important project.
Map showing traffic revisions during Phase 2 of Lowlands cleanup project

Lowlands cleanup project — full Phase 2 traffic revisions will be in place Tuesday, August 28

During Phase 2 (now scheduled first):

  • Northbound and southbound through traffic on East Marine View Drive will be open.
  • No exit from SR 529 North to East Marine View Drive.
  • Access to SR 529 North will be open from Riverside Road and southbound East Marine View Drive.
  • The only entry to the Riverside Business Park will be from northbound East Marine View Drive.
  • Exit from the Riverside Business Park will be allowed in all directions.
Map of traffic revisions during Phase 1 of Lowlands cleanup project

Order of phases reversed — Phase 1 will come second

During Phase 1 (now scheduled second):

  • No through traffic on East Marine View Drive.
  • No exit from SR 529 North to East Marine View Drive.
  • The only access to SR 529 North will be from southbound East Marine View Drive.
  • The only entry to the Riverside Business Park will be from northbound East Marine View Drive.
  • Exit from the Riverside Business Park will be allowed only to the north or south.
Map of north Everett showing detour routes for Lowlands cleanup project

Please avoid the construction area if you don't need to go there.

  • Use 19th Street and Broadway to bypass the intersection going south.
  • Use 16th Street and Broadway to bypass the intersection going north.
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