Sea K Fish
225 Sigurdson Ave, Blaine, WA 98230

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

Last Updated:  October, 2020

Comments 30-day Comment Period:
October 12 - November 10, 2020

Submit Comments and View Comments

Review Documents
Agreed Order
Public Participation Plan

 

Online
Site Tour
View a virtual Site tour
with informational videos created by RE Sources:


www.re-sources.org/SeaKFish

This product is funded through a
Public Participation Grant from Ecology. 

 

Fact
Sheet
English

 

Información en español abajo


Formal cleanup process beginning
Ecology invites you to comment on an agreed order (legal agreement) and a public participation plan for the Sea K Fish cleanup site (Site) at the Blaine Harbor. The Port of Bellingham (Port) operates Blaine Harbor and manages the Sea K Fish property under an agreement with the Department of Natural Resources. 

The contamination is the result of past petroleum storage and fish oil processing operations. The contaminant levels are potentially harmful and must be addressed under Washington’s cleanup law, the Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA).  

The following documents are available for review and comment:

  • Agreed Order:  legal agreement between Ecology and the Port that requires the Port to characterize the Site (Remedial Investigation), evaluate cleanup options (Feasibility Study), and create a draft Cleanup Action Plan. 
  • Public Participation Plan:  document that explains how people can participate in the cleanup process. 

A future legal agreement will require the Port to design and carry out the work described in the cleanup plan.

 **For document review assistance** 
Please contact Ecology:
Ian Fawley, Outreach Specialist
ian.fawley@ecy.wa.gov
(425) 324-5901

En español

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

Si le gustaría recibir este documento 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.


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ESTIMATED SITE TIMELINE

  • Oct. 12 – Nov. 10, 2020: Hold 30-day public comment period along with 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

Sea K Fish cleanup site Public Participation Plan (Draft)

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.


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

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 oil 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. 

Contamination
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)


 

Map showing site location as Whatcom County, WA SITE INFORMATION

Map

View Electronic Documents

Cleanup Site Details Report

Facility Site ID: # 80387768

Cleanup Site ID: 10583

Location:
Blaine, Whatcom County

Status: Cleanup Started   Get definitions of Status terminology

Contacts:
Cris Matthews
Site Manager
(425) 324-1451

Ian Fawley
Public Involvement Coordinator
(425) 324-5901


Document Repositories:

Northwest Regional Office
3190 160th Ave SE
Bellevue, 98008-5452
(425)649-7190