In the early 1900s, Asarco operated a smelter near the intersection of Broadway and E. Marine View Drive in north Everett. The smelter and its smokestack polluted most of the soil in northeast Everett. Even at low levels, arsenic and lead are toxic and unsafe to breathe.
The state cleanup agency, the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology), identified a sizeable area affected by the former smelter. The Snohomish Health District issued a health advisory – recommending precautionary steps people should take who live or work within this “Community Protection Area” in northeast Everett.
Since this discovery in the early 1990s, the City and the northeast Everett community have been working with Ecology, the state Legislature and others to get the area cleaned up and the neighborhood restored.
A major milestone was reached a few years ago. After Asarco removed the most highly contaminated soils from the site, the Everett Housing Authority took over the former smelter property and the cleanup, with help from Ecology and the City. The housing authority sold the cleaned up property to Barclays North, Inc. New townhouses are planned on the site of the former smelter. The now-cleaned-up area was the most severly contaminated part of the site.
Most residential yards and other areas in northeast Everett with lower levels of pollutants in the soil have not yet been cleaned up.
While Ecology continues to work on the cleanup, residents and workers in the “Community Protection Area” should take simple, but important, steps to protect your health.
Please see the brochure on this website and follow the health guidelines.