Georgia Pacific West Bellingham

Georgia Pacific West Site facing east
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CURRENT STATUS

Last Updated, June 2018

Cleanup Process Moving Forward

Ecology conducted a public comment period (March 12 – April 10, 2018) on a feasibility study (environmental report) that evaluated 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.

Ecology also held a public meeting (March 15, 2018) at its Bellingham office to provide more information and collect comments.  Click here to view the meeting presentation.

Ecology has reviewed and considered all comments received on the Feasibility Study. Based on Ecology’s evaluation of the comments, no changes were made to the documents.  

Ecology issued a Response to Comments to address comments received.


NEXT STEPS

  • 2018:  Later this year, Ecology expects to issue a draft cleanup action plan (CAP) for the Chlor-Alkali area of the GP West site for public review.  We will develop the plan based on the information in the Feasibility Study.   The plan will be part of a legal agreement that requires the Port, and possibly others, to design the cleanup action described in the plan.
  • 2019:  We expect to complete design activities by the end of 2019. 


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

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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