Georgia Pacific West Bellingham
Georgia Pacific - Pulp and Tissue Mill
SITE STATUS - JANUARY 2017
Interim Cleanup Work Plan finalized; work to begin in early 2017
Ecology recently completed a public comment period for an Interim Action Work Plan for the removal and disposal of mercury-contaminated soil in the Chlor-Alkali area of the GP West site. The 30-day comment period was extended to 45 days, and a public meeting held in response to increased interest in the site.
Ecology reviewed and considered all comments received on the Interim Action Work Plan, and responded to them in a Response to Comments. The comments did not result in any changes to the work plan, and it is now considered final. Cleanup work will proceed in early 2017 and is expected to be completed around the end of March 2017. Estimated costs for this work will be around $1.5 million.
Meanwhile work continues to develop a preferred cleanup alternative for the entire Chlor-Alkali area of the site. A study (Feasibility Study) is being developed that will evaluate several cleanup alternatives and identify the best alternative. Ecology anticipates it will issue this document for public review and comment later in 2017.
The approximately 74-acre Georgia-Pacific West cleanup site is located at 300 West Laurel Street, on the south side of Whatcom Waterway, in Bellingham. A pulp and tissue mill operated at the site from 1926 through 2007. The Port of Bellingham acquired property within the site from Georgia-Pacific Corporation in January 2005, and plans to use the property for commercial, retail, and residential purposes.
Environmental investigations of the site showed contamination in two separate and distinct areas. As a result, in 2013, the port and Ecology agreed to divide the site into two separate cleanup areas to expedite cleanup and support redevelopment. The two areas are known as the Pulp and Tissue Mill area and the Chlor-Alkali area.
In 2011 and 2013, interim cleanup actions were conducted to remove contaminated soils and building materials from the site.
The Georgia-Pacific West site is one of 12 cleanup sites in the Bellingham Bay Demonstration Pilot project, a coordinated bay-wide effort by federal, tribal, state and local governments to clean up contamination, control pollution sources and restore habitat, with consideration for land and water uses. The work is informed by the Bellingham Bay Comprehensive Strategy, completed by the pilot work group in 2000.
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