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.
- NO THROUGH TRAFFIC on East Marine View Drive starting Tuesday, October 23. Crews will begin excavating on the west side of East Marine View Drive at SR 529. This portion of the project is called Phase 1 because it was originally scheduled first. The project is expected to be complete in 6-8 weeks.
- Lowlands construction project halfway done! Crews have finished excavating on the east side of the intersection (called Phase 2 because it was originally scheduled second).
- Please drive carefully and follow the construction signs and the directions of traffic control personnel. Thanks for your patience with this important project.