Facility Site ID: 80387768 Cleanup Site ID: 10583

Current Status

Aerial view of Sea K Fish site in Blaine Harbor, October 2019 (click to enlarge)
Aerial view of Sea K Fish site in Blaine Harbor, October 2019 (click to enlarge)

Last Updated:  December 2020

Información en español abajo

Response to Comments
(December 2020)

Fact Sheet

Formal cleanup process moves toward environmental investigations

Ecology conducted a public comment period (October 12 – November 10, 2020) on a draft Agreed Order (legal agreement) and draft public participation plan for the Sea K Fish site in the Blaine Harbor. 

Ecology has reviewed and considered all comments received on the draft documents. Based on Ecology’s evaluation of the comments, no changes were necessary in the documents. (Download the Response to Comments.)

Work will begin on the Remedial Investigation and Feasibility Study. See graphic below and visit Ecology’s cleanup process webpage to learn more about Washington’s formal cleanup process.

En español

El Departamento de Ecología le invita a revisor los documentos para el sitio que está contaminado Sea K Fish en Blaine. 

Si le gustaría recibir documentos en español, por favor llame al 509-329-3444 o envíe un correo electrónico a preguntas@ecy.wa.gov.  Traducciones de avisos públicos para este
sitio de limpieza se preparan bajo solicitud.

General Cleanup Process

The Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA) is Washington’s environmental cleanup law. It provides requirements for contaminated site cleanup and sets standards that protect human health and the environment. Ecology enacts the MTCA and oversees cleanups. The MTCA site cleanup process is completed in steps (see graphic below) over a variable timeline.
(Click graphic to enlarge)
(Click graphic to enlarge)

Estimated Site Timeline

  • Oct. 12 – Nov. 10, 2020: Held 30-day public comment period along with a RE Sources virtual tour.
  • 2020-2021: Respond to comments, finalize Agreed Order and Public Participation Plan, and begin the Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study.
  • 2021-2022:  Finalize the Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study, create draft Cleanup Action Plan, and enter into a Consent Decree (legal agreement) for final cleanup action.
  • 2022-2023:  Complete design and permitting and begin implementing the cleanup action.

The Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study, draft Cleanup Action Plan, and the future legal agreement will be available for public review and comment.

Public Participation

Current Sea K Fish cleanup site Public Participation Plan

This plan includes information for the public regarding opportunities to get involved in the cleanup process. The outreach activities and mechanisms presented reflect Ecology’s current plans for keeping the public informed and for receiving information and comments from the public.

Site Information

Aerial view of Blaine Harbor and Sea K Fish cleanup site in middle foreground (click to enlarge)
Aerial view of Blaine Harbor and Sea K Fish cleanup site in middle foreground (click to enlarge)

Location and background
The Sea K Fish property is located at 225 and 205 Sigurdson Avenue in the Blaine Harbor industrial area in Blaine, WA. Portions of the property were contaminated by past petroleum storage and fish processing operations.

Blaine Harbor was originally created in the late 1930s by dredging the tideflats and using the dredged materials to create uplands. The harbor’s upland areas were expanded in the 1940s, 1950s, and again in 2001.

The State of Washington is the owner of the property located between the inner harbor line and outer harbor line in Blaine Harbor.  The Port manages this property according to the terms of a Port Management Agreement with the Washington State Department of Natural Resources.  The Port has leased the property to different companies for commercial purposes. 

In 2019, the Port conducted an environmental investigation which showed petroleum contamination in soil and groundwater that exceeded cleanup levels allowed under the Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA):

  • Light non-aqueous phase liquid (NAPL)
  • Gasoline, diesel, and oil-range hydrocarbons
  • Benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylene compounds (BTEX)
Legal 2
Document Title Document Date Document Type
Sea K Fish - Agreed Order FINAL - December 2020 12/30/2020 Agreed Order
Final Determination of Liability for Release of Hazardous Substances 8/6/2020 Final Potentially Liable Person Status Letter
Public Information 3
Document Title Document Date Document Type
Sea K Fish - Public Participation Plan - Final December 2020 12/7/2020 Public Participation Plan
Sea K Fish - Response to Comments - Agreed Order and Public Participation Plan - December 2020 12/7/2020 Responsiveness Summary
Sea K Fish - Fact Sheet Agreed Order-PPP - October 2020 10/5/2020 Fact Sheet\Public Notices
Technical Reports 1
Document Title Document Date Document Type
Remedial Investigation Project Plan Sea K Fish Cleanup Site 7/8/2021 Remedial Investigation Work Plan
There may be more documents related to this site. To obtain documents not available electronically, you will need to make a public records request.

Places to see print documents

  • Northwest Regional Office
    15700 Dayton Ave N
    Shoreline, 98133
    Please schedule an appointment to view print documents at this location.
  • Ecology Bellingham Field Office
    913 Squalicum Way, Unit 101
    Bellingham, 98225
    This location may only have print documents available during open comment periods.

Contaminants 3

Contaminant Type
Surface Water
Non-Halogenated Organics - Benzene C C
Non-Halogenated Organics - Petroleum-Diesel C C
Non-Halogenated Organics - Petroleum-Gasoline C C
Confirmed Above Cleanup Levels
Below Cleanup Levels
This contaminant list was based on our best information at the time it was entered. It may not reflect current conditions at the site.