Northport Waterfront
Intersection Of Hwy 25 And Park Rd, Northport, WA 99157

PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD MAY 03, 2021-JUNE 02, 2021

Draft Remedial Investigation and Feasibility Study

We are directing cleanup of smelter-related metals contamination on Northport’s Town Park and waterfront. You are invited to comment on the draft Remedial Investigation and Feasibility Study (RI/FS). The RI explains the extent and locations of contaminants, and the FS evaluates cleanup options. You can learn more in the public notice that was mailed to the community.

Review the draft documents
Online public meeting, May 19, 6:30 p.m.

Download the presentation

Thank you to the 20 attendees who were able to join us for the meeting. Our sincere apologies to those who had to only join by phone or were unable to connect. We have identified the issue they encountered and will ensure it doesn't happen again. We are available and happy to discuss the project with you at any time, whether it's during this comment period or outside of it.

Submit comments via email or mail to:

John Roland, john.roland@ecy.wa.gov
4601 N. Monroe St., Spokane, WA 99205
Or use the online comment form (all comments can be viewed here)

Next steps

We are drafting our responses to the four sets of comments we received during the comment period. We will publish our responses we're done and send the document to anyone who commented. Then, we will use our assessment of the RI/FS and public input to draft a cleanup action plan. The draft plan will be available for public review and comment before final cleanup begins.


Looking north at the waterfront toward the boat launch
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PROJECT BACKGROUND

We are directing and funding an investigation and cleanup of smelter-related metals contamination on Northport’s City Park and boat launch waterfront area, using funds from the Eastern Washington Clean Sites Initiative

The project area includes all permanently and seasonally exposed areas of the Columbia River bank and shore directly next to the Northport Town Park and boat launch. From the river, this area is between Smelter Rock downstream to the Northport Highway 25 bridge, and is associated with the historic Le Roi Smelter that was located at and around the park. The area remains polluted by smelter wastes that were dumped and dispersed along the shore.

Our goal is to assess options for protecting people and restoring the near-shore and shoreline environment next to the park. We look forward to working with local government, businesses, and residents during the investigation and cleanup process to understand your concerns and the community’s vision for the waterfront.

Beach sampling complete

We held a comment period March 13 - April 11, 2019, for the Remedial Investigation (RI) Work Plan and related State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) documents. Learn more about the investigation in the notice that was mailed to local residents and businesses.

We responded to comments from two people and thank them for their input. 


CONTAMINATION

The information in the draft Remedial Investigation Report showed the following metals were found most frequently throughout the site at levels posing a risk to human health and the environment:

Metal levels do not pose an immediate, acute human health risk. However, long-term exposure may increase the risk of certain health problems. You can take simple actions to protect yourself and your family from exposure.


RELATED INFORMATION

  • Dirt Alert program  - Industrial air emissions and pesticides used in farming have polluted large areas of soil with arsenic and lead. Our Dirt Alert program provides information on how you can protect yourself and your family.

RELATED CLEANUP SITES


 

Map showing site location as Stevens County, WA SITE INFORMATION

Map

View Electronic Documents

Cleanup Site Details Report

Facility Site ID: # 96239

Dirt Alert program



Cleanup Site ID: 14874

Location:
Northport, Stevens County

Status: Awaiting Cleanup   Get definitions of Status terminology

Contacts:
John Roland
Site Manager
(509) 329-3581

Erika Beresovoy
Public Involvement Coordinator
(509) 329-3546


Document Repositories:

Eastern Regional Office
N 4601 Monroe St
Spokane, 99205-1265
(509)329-3415

Northport Town Hall
315 Summit St.
Northport, 99114
(509)732-4450