Georgia Pacific West Bellingham

Georgia Pacific West Site facing east
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SITE STATUS - MARCH 2018

Environmental report ready for public review
Comment Period:  March 12 – April 10, 2018
Public Meeting:  March 15; 6-8 pm


The Department of Ecology invites you to COMMENT on a feasibility study (environmental report) that evaluates cleanup alternatives for contamination within the Chlor-Alkali area of the Georgia Pacific West site in Bellingham.

The Port of Bellingham prepared the report with Ecology oversight.  The Port identified and evaluated a range of cleanup alternatives, leading to a preferred alternative. All of this work is detailed in the report, and Ecology will accept comments on it from March 12 – April 10, 2018.

You can view a Fact Sheet that outlines the report details, and the Report by following the links below or by going to one of the locations listed to the right.

• GPWest-Chlor-Alkali-Area-FS-Fact-Sheet (March 2018)
• GPWest-Chlor-Alkali-Area-Feasibility-Study-Draft-Final (February 2018)
• GPWest-Chlor-Alkali-Area-Feasibility-Study-Draft-Final-Appendices (February 2018)

Please submit comments through our Online Form, or by letter or email to the site manager (see contact information at the right).



Ecology held a public meeting on March 15, 2018 at the Bellingham Ecology Office to provide more information and collect comments - click here for meeting presentation


NEXT STEPS

Timeline:

  • Mid 2018:  Respond to comments received and finalize the environmental report.
  • Late 2018:  Based on the information in the environmental report, Ecology will select a cleanup action for the Chlor-Alkali area of the site.  Ecology will issue our selected action and an associated legal agreement for public review.  The legal agreement will require the Port, and possibly others, to design the cleanup action.


Georgia Pacific - Pulp and Tissue Mill
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SITE DESCRIPTION

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 cleanup of the Pulp and Tissue Mill area was completed in 2016.

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.



 

Map showing site location as Whatcom County, WA SITE INFORMATION

Map

View Electronic Documents

Site Summary Report

Facility Site ID: # 14

Cleanup Site ID: 2279

Location:
Bellingham, Whatcom County

Status: Cleanup Started   Get definitions of Status terminology

Contacts:
Brian Sato
Site Manager
(425) 649-7265

Ian Fawley
Public Involvement Coordinator
(360) 255-4382

Lucy McInerney
Project Lead
(425) 649-7272


Document Repositories:

Northwest Regional Office
3190 160th Ave SE
Bellevue, 98008-5452
(425)649-7190

Ecology Bellingham Field Office
913 Squalicum Way, Unit 101
Bellingham, 98225
(360)255-4400

Bellingham Public Library
210 Central Ave
Bellingham, 98227
(360)778-7323
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