Kimberly-Clark Worldwide

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The Kimberly-Clark (K-C) Worldwide, Inc. Site is located at 2600 Federal Avenue in Everett, Snohomish County, Washington, adjacent to East Waterway.  K-C owns approximately 56 acres of uplands and 12 acres of tidelands.

The Site was first developed in the late 1800s/early 1900s.  From 1931 to 2012, it was used primarily for pulp and paper manufacturing; other uses included bulk petroleum storage operations 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. All manufacturing operations at the facility ceased in April 2012 and the mill and former structures have since been demolished.

Historical sampling in the Site uplands identified mostly petroleum and metals contamination in soil and groundwater. Samples collected in the marine sediments contained wood waste, as well as contaminants including metals, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), semi volatile organic compounds (SVOCs) and dioxins/furans. Soil cleanups conducted as interim actions have resulted in the removal of approximately 40,000 cubic yards of contaminated soil.


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 agreement, called an Agreed Order, is a legal document between Ecology and K-C describing the studies that will be performed on the Site. Specifically, the Agreed Order covers the Remedial Investigation and Feasibility Study (RI/FS) and the draft Cleanup Action Plan (DCAP) for the upland area.

Interim Actions – K-C conducted an independent site investigation (Phase 2 Environmental Site Assessment) in 2012 that identified contamination in soil and groundwater. Under the resulting interim actions, cleanup crews removed contaminated soil from the Site in several areas in 2013.  The interim action work plan is available in the Agreed Order.
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 will be addressed under a separate Agreed Order.
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Map showing site location as Snohomish County, WA SITE INFORMATION


View Electronic Documents

Site Summary Report

Facility Site ID: # 9

Cleanup Site ID: 2569

Everett, Snohomish County

Status: Awaiting Cleanup   Get definitions of Status terminology

Andy Kallus
Site Manager
(360) 407-7259

Document Repositories:

300 Desmond Dr SE
Lacey, 98503