Paper Mill Cleanup

Fidalgo Bay, WA – The Scott Paper Mill cleanup was included in Gov. Christine Gregoire’s Puget Sound Initiative to clean up the region’s waters by 2020 in conjunction with Ecology’s Model Toxics Control Act. The port, which owns the northern end of the property, Kimberly-Clark, which purchased Scott Paper Company in 1995, and MJB Properties, which purchased the southern portion in 1990, were identified as potential liable parties by Ecology, which is overseeing the cleanup. Scott operated a lumber and/or pulp mill on the cleanup site from 1940 to 1978. Commercial use of the property began in the late 1800s.

Soil samples from the uplands have shown high levels of metals, petroleum hydrocarbons, dioxins, furans and polychlorinated biphenyls, more commonly known as PCBs. Tests on the marine sediments showed metals, PCBs and wood debris.Permitting and design work for the project began in fall 2008.

The former Scott Paper Mill cleanup involved major dredging and excavation along the shoreline in Fidalgo Bay. Contaminated material will be taken to an upland disposal site while the cleaner sediment will be recycled for fill. Two rock breakwaters serving as wave attenuators were constructed at the south end of the cleanup area during the first of two fish windows. Once completed, the old wooden breakwater will be dismantled and removed. Click here to read the full article.

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