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Agency releases five-year review of mill site cleanup

September 13, 2018

ANACORTES — Nearly a decade after cleanup of the former Scott Paper Mill industrial site and commercial waterfront, the state Department of Ecology is taking public comment on the status of remaining contamination.

Public comment will be taken through Sept. 30 on a five-year periodic review for the cleanup of the former paper mill site along R Avenue from 17th to 20th streets.

Dakota Creek Industries and MJB Properties are located there now, alongside the city’s Seafarers’ Memorial Park.

According to Ecology’s five-year review, contaminants are still found in the soil and groundwater at the site, but in concentrations low enough that they do not require additional cleanup.

The site was developed for industry in the 1800s. It became a lumber mill in 1882 and was filled with up to 20 feet of sawdust and other materials by 1940, before becoming home to Scott Paper’s pulp mill for several years.

Those and other operations in the area left wood waste and industrial chemicals at the site.

The Port of Anacortes and Sun Healthcare Systems, which each own property at the site, began independent cleanup efforts in 1999. Ecology began planning additional work in 2003 and cleanup was completed in 2012, according to project documents.

For more information or to read the review, visit skagit.ws/ScottPaper or the Anacortes Public Library.

Submit comments online at skagit.ws/ScottPaperComment, by email to Hunseak.park@ecy.wa.gov, or by mail to Hun Seak Park, Site Manager, Toxics Cleanup Program, P.O. Box 47600, Olympia, 98504-7600.

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