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.
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.
- 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.