Westman Marine Inc

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Last Updated, August 2019

Environmental Report Ready for Public Review and Comment

Comment   30-Day Comment Period: September 3 - October 2, 2019 View Submitted Comments

Wed, September 4, 2019 from Noon - 2 p.m., Blaine Harbor (Hosted by RE Sources for Sustainable Communities)



Información en español abajo 

Ecology invites you to COMMENT on an environmental report for the Westman Marine cleanup site (Site) at the Blaine Harbor. The Port of Bellingham (Port) owns and operates Blaine Harbor.

The report, called a Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study:

  • Describes contamination found at the Site.
  • Evaluates cleanup alternatives.
  • Identifies a preferred cleanup alternative.

The Port prepared this report with Ecology oversight. 

Investigations conducted by the Port found contamination from historical boat maintenance and repair operations. Contaminants were found in:

  • Soil: carcinogenic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (cPAHs), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and metals
  • Sediment: Metals, organotins (TBT), cPAHs and PCBs

Groundwater is not affected by the contamination releases on the Site and is not considered an affected medium. The levels of contamination are potentially harmful to humans and the environment and must be addressed under Washington’s cleanup law, the Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA).

Online Comments
Please submit comments through our Online Comment Form or email Cris Matthews, Ecology’s Site Manager (see link in the column to the right).

Request a meeting
If ten or more persons request a public meeting about the Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study report, Ecology will provide notice and hold a meeting.

More Information?

Attend a tour of the Site:
RE Sources for Sustainable Communities will host a walking tour of the Site on:

Contact Ian Fawley, Ecology Public Involvement Coordinator (see contact information to the right)

En español
El Departamento de Ecología le invita a comentar sobre un reporte ambiental para el sitio que está contaminado Westman Marine en Blaine.  

Para recibir este documento en español, por favor llame a Gretchen Newman al 360-407-6097 o envíe un correo electrónico a preguntas@ecy.wa.gov. Traducciones de avisos públicos para este sitio de limpieza se preparan bajo solicitud. 


The Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA; Chapter 70.105D RCW) 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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  • September 3 – October 2, 2019:  Hold a 30-day public comment period.
  • September 4, 2019 (Noon – 2 p.m.):  RE Sources for Sustainable Communities hosts a walking tour of site.
  • 2019/2020:  Finalize the environmental report. Ecology will review and consider all comments received as we finalize the remedial investigation/feasibility study report. We will provide a written response to comments received.
  • 2020:  Select cleanup action. Based on the information in the final remedial investigation/ feasibility study report, Ecology will select a cleanup action for the Site. We will issue our cleanup action plan and an associated legal agreement for public review. The legal agreement will require the Port, and possibly others, to design the cleanup action.
  • 2021:  Complete design and permitting for the cleanup action. 
  • 2022: Begin implementing the cleanup action.


Current Westman Marine cleanup site Public Participation Plan 

This plan describes how Ecology will share information with the community and how you can share information with us. Ecology will review this plan as the cleanup progresses and amend/update it as necessary.

Aerial view of Blaine Harbor and Westman Marine cleanup site in foreground (click to enlarge)
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Site Background
The Westman Marine cleanup site is located at 218 McMillan Avenue in the Blaine Harbor industrial area in Blaine, WA. The Site consists of an approximately 1 acre upland area (Upland Unit) and an approximately 27 acre in-water sediment area (Marine Unit). Portions of the property were contaminated by past boat maintenance and repair 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 property has been used for marine operations since approximately 1949. In 1984, the Port became the owner of the property, including this cleanup site, and has leased it to several different companies. The State of Washington owns a portion of the site which the Port manages.

Ecology and the Port entered into a legal agreement (Agreed Order) in April 2013 to complete an investigation, evaluate cleanup options, identify a preferred cleanup alternative, and develop a draft cleanup action plan.

Early Cleanup Action
In March 2014, the Port completed an early cleanup action (interim action) in order to construct a new building for another tenant partially located in the Site area.  The Port removed and disposed of approximately 420 tons of contaminated soil.  Map of Interim Action location

In 2001 the Port began voluntarily sampling sediments in Blaine Harbor. Further investigations conducted by the Port in 2013-2014 found contamination concentrations at the Site above state standards established to protect human health and the environment: 

  • Soil:  carcinogenic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (cPAHs), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and metals
  • Sediment:  Metals, organotins (TBT), cPAHs and PCBs

Groundwater is not affected by the contamination releases on the Site and is not considered an affected medium.



Map showing site location as Whatcom County, WA SITE INFORMATION


View Electronic Documents

Cleanup Site Details Report

Facility Site ID: # 66519819

Cleanup Site ID: 2205

Blaine, Whatcom County

Status: Cleanup Started   Get definitions of Status terminology

Cris (NW) Matthews
Site Manager
(360) 255-4379

Ian Fawley
Public Involvement Coordinator
(360) 255-4382

Document Repositories:

Northwest Regional Office
3190 160th Ave SE
Bellevue, 98008-5452

Blaine Public Library
610 3rd Street
Blaine, 98230

Ecology Bellingham Field Office
913 Squalicum Way, Unit 101
Bellingham, 98225