SITE BACKGROUND AND STATUS
Background: The Kimberly-Clark Worldwide Site is located at 2600 Federal Avenue in Everett, Snohomish County, Washington, and is generally located adjacent to East Waterway on the west side of West Marine View Drive between Everett Avenue and 21st Street. It is rectangular in shape and is generally bounded by the Port of Everett (Port) and several private industrial properties to the south, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad to the east, the Navy to the north, and East Waterway to the west. The surface of the majority of the property is currently flat and paved and contains buildings and other infrastructure related to pulp and paper manufacturing. All manufacturing operations at the facility ceased in April 2012 and the Site is currently being prepared for a future use through a demolition process permitted by the City of Everett. Demolition activities at the Site were completed in summer 2013 which resulted in the removal of most of the structures associated with the former mill. The only remaining building is the large former distribution warehouse located on the southern end.
The area comprising the Site was first developed in the late 1800s/early 1900s and was primarily used for pulp and paper manufacturing from 1931 to 2012. Past uses also included bulk petroleum storage operations by several oil companies and sawmilling. While in operation, the pulp and paper mill produced bleached sulfite pulp and various tissue products including paper towels, bath tissue, napkins, and industrial wipers which are a heavier type of paper towel. Historical sampling in the Site uplands has identified mostly petroleum and metals contamination in soil and groundwater. Samples collected in the marine sediments were found to contain wood waste, as well as contaminants including metals, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), semi volatile organic compounds (SVOCs), and dioxins/furans.
Status: Ecology and Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc. (K-C) entered into an agreement for cleanup of the upland area, which is about 56 acres, on December 20, 2012. The proposed agreement, called an Agreed Order, is a legal document between Ecology and K-C describing the studies that will be performed on the Site. Comments on the Agreed Order from the public have been compiled and addressed in a responsiveness summary which can be viewed under the Site Documents section below. The Order covers the Remedial Investigation and Feasibility Study (RI/FS) and the draft Cleanup Action Plan (DCAP) for the upland area. In addition, due to contamination identified in soil and groundwater as part of an independent site investigation (Phase 2 Environmental Site Assessment) conducted by K-C in 2012, opportunistic interim actions are planned for the Site upland area. An interim action work plan has been provided in the Order.
- Interim Actions – The upland interim actions will remove contaminated soil from the Site in up to nine areas. These interim actions will begin in August 2013 and are anticipated to be completed in fall 2013.
- RI/FS Work Plan – The draft RI/FS work plan for the upland area was submitted in June 2013 and has been reviewed by Ecology. K-C is currently addressing comments provided by Ecology. RI/FS soil and groundwater sampling was conducted in 2013.
The in-water area (see the East Waterway Site) will be addressed under a seperate Agreed Order.