BLACK SAND BEACH

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BLACK SAND BEACH SLAG REMOVAL AND REPLACEMENT PROJECT COMPLETED EARLY NOVEMBER 2010

Black Sand Beach is located about 3 miles south of the Canadian border near the city of Northport in Stevens County, Washington.

Teck American Incorporated, through contractors URS and Envirocon, Inc., removed about 9,100 tons (6,300 cubic yards) of sediments containing granulated slag from Black Sand Beach.  Clean fill material was used to establish the new beach, and the slag was hauled to Trail, British Columbia for recycling.  The access road used during construction was restored to look more like its pre-construction state. 
 
The project was completed under an agreement between the Washington State Department of Ecology and Teck American Incorporated.  Slag is an industrial waste and contains hazardous substances including zinc, lead, copper, and other metals that cannot be removed by normal processing of the materials.  Certain metals in slag harm the health of the river and aquatic life.  Removing slag protects the ecological environment, the health of the river, and aquatic life.
 
The public provided important input during the project that helped guide several of the technical decisions affecting the clean up.  Local companies were used for about 50 percent of the project work which provided a positive economic impact to the community.

Thank you to everyone involved in making the project a success!


Downstream Beach Before Construction
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BEFORE CLEANUP


Downstream Beach After Construction
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AFTER CLEANUP


ANNUAL PERFORMANCE MONITORING 2013

The Annual Performance Monitoring Report for 2013 is available. There is no public comment period for this document. Please contact Chuck Gruenenfelder with any questions. His contact information is in the box at the right.


ANNUAL PERFORMANCE MONITORING 2012

The Annual Performance Monitoring Report for 2012 is available.  There is no public comment period for this document.  Please contact Chuck Gruenenfelder with any questions.  His contact information is in the box at the right.


ANNUAL PERFORMANCE MONITORING 2011

The Annual Performance Monitoring Report for 2011 is available.  There is no public comment period for this document but you may direct questions to Chuck Gruenenfelder whose contact information is in the box at the right.




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Map showing site location as Stevens County, WA SITE INFORMATION

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Site Summary Report

Facility Site ID: # 16327

Cleanup Site ID: 2036

Location:
Northport, Stevens County

Status: Construction Complete-Performance Monitoring   Get definitions of Status terminology

Contacts:
Charles Gruenenfelder
Site Manager
(509) 329-3439

Erika Bronson
Public Involvement Coordinator
(509) 329-3546


Document Repositories:

Eastern Regional Office
N 4601 Monroe St
Spokane, 99205-1265
(509)329-3415

Colville Public Library
195 South Oak Street
Colville, 99114
(509)684-6620

Northport Community Library
311 Columbia Avenue
Northport, 99157
(509)732-8928

Kettle Falls Public Library
605 Meyers Street
Kettle Falls, 99141
(509)738-6817