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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?

June 2018

  • Construction begins in July at the intersection of SR 529 and East Marine View Drive. The project will affect traffic in the area for about three months.Thanks for your patience with this important project. The traffic motions during Phase 2 of the project have been revised. Please see the updated mailer for details. 
  • We are offering free soil sampling to all properties in the cleanup area that have not yet been sampled. We'll begin sampling this summer and expect to continue through fall.
  • We plan to clean up Wiggums Hollow Park and Viola Oursler Overlook this fall, beginning after Labor Day. Look for updates here as the time gets closer.
  • We're beginning to work with property owners in the 2019 cleanup group (about 20 properties north of Broadway, west of the former smelter facility). This group was chosen because they are closest to the former facility.
Map of traffic revisions during Phase 1 of Lowlands cleanup project

Traffic revisions for Lowlands cleanup project begin mid-July

During Phase 1:

  • No though 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 showing traffic revisions during Phase 2 of Lowlands cleanup project

During Phase 2:

  • 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 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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