RG Haley Intl Corp
Cornwall Ave N, Bellingham, WA 98227

RG Haley Site, with adjacent Cornwall Avenue Landfill Site to the right
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Last Updated, June 2018

Cleanup Plan Moving Forward

Ecology conducted a public comment period (February 20 - March 21, 2018) for a draft cleanup plan, and associated documents, for the RG Haley Cleanup Site on the Bellingham waterfront. The plan is part of a legal agreement between Ecology and the City of Bellingham (City) that requires the City to design the cleanup work described in the plan. A future legal agreement will require the City to carry out the cleanup work described in the plan.

Ecology also held a public meeting (February 28, 2018) regarding this site at its Bellingham office. Click here to view the meeting presentation.

Ecology has reviewed and considered all comments received on the draft Cleanup Action Plan and associated documents. Based on Ecology’s evaluation of the comments, no changes were made to the documents.

Ecology issued a Response to Comments to address comments received.


Work is now underway on an Engineering Design Report.  A draft of the report is expected in 2019.  Implementation of the cleanup will occur under a future separate legal agreement.

RG Haley Site looking northeast
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The R.G. Haley site consists of about six upland acres and a larger in-water area on the Bellingham waterfront south of the intersection of Cornwall Avenue and Wharf Street. Studies show that upland soil, marine sediment, and groundwater within the site, are contaminated with wood treatment chemicals. The site (PDF 459KB) includes land owned by the City of Bellingham and land owned by the State of Washington, managed by the State Department of Natural Resources.

From the mid-1800s to the mid-1900s, the site was used for industries including lumber, coal and wharf operations. Various companies treated wood on the property since before 1951. R.G. Haley International Corporation was the last company to treat wood there, from 1955 to 1985. Douglas Management Company bought the R.G. Haley property in 1990. The city of Bellingham then bought it in 2009.

In 2001 and 2002, Douglas Management investigated oil seeping into Bellingham Bay from the shoreline along the northern boundary of what is now the site. The investigations identified contaminants and located a floating hydrocarbon plume immediately inland from the oil seep. The ongoing release of contaminants to Bellingham Bay prompted the company to take emergency actions, coordinating with Ecology. Emergency measures included building a sheet pile wall along the shoreline, installing oil recovery wells, monitoring wells and equipment, removing some sediment, and building shoreline erosion protection. An additional action was taken in 2013 to arrest oil seepage into the bay from a different location on the shoreline.

Additional work to investigate the nature and extent of contamination at the site continued between 2002 and 2014, culminating in the issuing of a public-review draft remedial investigation report in August, 2015.   A public review draft feasibility report describing an evaluation of cleanup alternatives was issued at the same time.

Contaminants at the site include pentachlorophenol (PCP), hydrocarbons related to diesel fuel, dioxins/furans, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). These contaminants are present in concentrations that must be addressed under the state's cleanup law, the Model Toxics Control Act.

The R.G. Haley site is one of 12 cleanup sites in the Bellingham Bay Demonstration Pilot project, a coordinated bay-wide effort by federal, tribal, state and local governments to clean up contamination, control pollution sources and restore habitat, with consideration for land and water uses. The work is informed by the Bellingham Bay Comprehensive Strategy, completed by the pilot work group in 2000.



Map showing site location as Whatcom County, WA SITE INFORMATION


View Electronic Documents

Cleanup Site Details Report

Facility Site ID: # 2870

Cleanup Site ID: 3928

Bellingham, Whatcom County

Status: Cleanup Started   Get definitions of Status terminology

Mark Adams
Site Manager
(425) 649-7107

Ian Fawley
Public Involvement Coordinator
(360) 255-4382

Lucy McInerney
Project Lead
(425) 649-7272

Document Repositories:

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

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

Bellingham Public Library
210 Central Ave
Bellingham, 98227