Jeld Wen

A Puget Sound Initiative site - Reaching the goal of a healthy, sustainable Puget Sound.


PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD JUNE 03, 2021-AUGUST 05, 2021

Public comment period extended to August 5, 2021

You are invited to review and comment on the following planning documents for the JELD-WEN cleanup site:

Remedial Investigation and Feasibility Study (RI/FS) Report – This describes conditions and contamination at the site, compares alternatives for cleaning up the contamination, and describes a preferred cleanup alternative.

Public Participation Plan - This describes the ways Ecology will inform the public about contamination investigations and cleanup options throughout the cleanup process. It also identifies how and when the public can get involved during different stages of the investigation and cleanup of contamination.

You can find more information about the site and this comment period on our fact sheet.

For tips on submitting comments, visit our commenting tips webpage. You can share your comments through our online form, or by contacting the site manager using the contact information in the navigation panel on the right.


WHAT DO THESE REPORTS SAY?

During the remedial investigation, investigators looked in the uplands (ground surface above tidal influence) and in the marine (subtidal and intertidal areas) for contaminated soil, groundwater, and sediment.

The upland remedial investigation found contaminants from wood surface treating, creosote pole treating, and fuel oil storage. The three main areas of contamination are the Woodlife Area, Creosote/Fuel Oil Area, and the Knoll Fill Area. The marine sediment investigation found primarily PCBs and dioxins/furans in the tidal flats. Approximately 16 acres of tidal mudflats
contain contamination in levels that require cleanup.  

The preferred cleanup alternatives are a key element of the Feasibility Study report. They are designed to address separate types of contamination at the site and include:

  • Creosote/Fuel Oil Area cleanup: The preferred alternative involves removing soil in contaminated hotspots and stimulating bacteria to consume contaminated materials in soil (in-situ bioremediation).
  • Woodlife Area cleanup: The preferred alternative involves removing contaminated soil from the area.
  • Marine sediment cleanup: The preferred alternative involves removing 2-4 feet of
    contaminated sediment in the most contaminated areas. Areas with lower levels of contamination will be treated with a sand cover or monitored for natural recovery.
  • Knoll Fill Area: No active cleanup is proposed. We expect that removing PCBs from
    nearby marine sediment will reduce the potential for seawater to move the contamination into the groundwater at the Koll Fill Area.


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BACKGROUND

The Jeld-Wen Site (former Nord Door facility) is located on the Snohomish River waterfront at 300 West Marine View Drive. The site consists of five adjoining parcels with a combined upland area of approximately 36 acres, as well as adjacent tidal mudflats.

Operations at the site have included door and casket manufacturing, wood treating, fish net storage and saw milling:

  • 1920s-1985: National Pole Company treated poles in the uplands area prior to the 1940s. By the mid-1940s, Nord Door was operating the site as a stile and rail door plant. Nord Door operated an oil-fired boiler on the eastern portion of the site prior to 1957. Former above and below ground storage tanks (USTs/ASTs) were located in the eastern portion of the site along West Marine View Drive and also further to the west, beneath what is now the southern portion of the main manufacturing building.
  • 1986-mid-1990s: Jeld-Wen acquired the property in May 1986 through the bankruptcy court. Jeld-Wen’s operations included the purchase of rough green wood; drying, planing and cutting the lumber; and assembly of finished wooden doors, rails, posts, columns, and spindles.
  • Mid-1990s-Present: Various asphalt companies have leased the northeast portion of the site since the mid 1990's. Cadman is the current operator, following CEMEX (formerly Rinker Materials and formerly Sterling Asphalt) They have operated this portion of the site as an asphalt batch plant through the present. Operations at Nord Door ended in 2005.

Investigations to date have identified carcinogenic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), dioxin/furans, petroleum hydrocarbons, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in soil, groundwater and sediments. Site contamination is likely the result of the former wood door plant and machine shop’s manufacturing and production processes, leaks/spills from above and below ground storage tanks, as well as from the former pole treating yard.


STATUS

Ecology and Jeld-Wen entered into a formal legal agreement called an Agreed Order for site cleanup on January 2, 2008. The Agreed Order requires Jeld-Wen to develop a Remedial Investigation and Feasibility Study (RI/FS) work plan (completed), an RI/FS Report, and a cleanup action plan (CAP). The initial RI/FS work plan was approved by Ecology on October 27, 2008. Field activities began in May 2009 with the collection of soil, groundwater, and sediment samples.

Since the initial RI investigation in 2009, multiple rounds of assessments have been completed at the Jeld-Wen site in both the uplands and in-water to fully characterize the site. You can read and download reports describing these assessments by clicking the View Electronic Documents link on the right. Site investigation work was completed in 2020.

The Remedial Investigation and Feasibility Study report is currently in development. The Remedial Investigation describes the nature and extent of contamination on the site. The complete Remedial Investigation report will include the information collected in the assessments described above. The Feasibility Study describes options for cleanup, evaluates those options, and presents a preferred alternative. We expect to complete this
report by summer 2021 and to prepare a draft Cleanup Action Plan in late 2021. We will share the Remedial Investigation and Feasibility Study along with the draft Cleanup Action Plan for public review in early 2022.

Once the Cleanup Action Plan is final, a consent decree between Ecology and the PLPs will govern the Jeld-Wen site cleanup. Site cleanup construction is anticipated for 2023/2024.
The future use of the Jeld-Wen property is anticipated to be industrial.

Those with questions about the working draft of the RI/FS can contact Ecology’s Site Manager for the Jeld-Wen site, Mahbub Alam.


THE CLEANUP PROCESS

Ecology follows the steps laid out in the Model Toxics Control Act to conduct formal site cleanups. The Jeld-Wen site is at the Remedial Investigation and Feasibility Study step in the process.


SITE DOCUMENTS

You can view and download planning documents for the Jeld-Wen site by clicking on the View Electronic Documents link located in the right column.


 

Map showing site location as Snohomish County, WA SITE INFORMATION

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View Electronic Documents

Cleanup Site Details Report

Facility Site ID: # 2757

Cleanup Site ID: 4402

Location:
Everett, Snohomish County

Status: Cleanup Started   Get definitions of Status terminology

Comment Period:
JUNE 03, 2021 - AUGUST 05, 2021

Contacts:
Mahbub Alam
Site Manager
(360) 407-6913


Document Repositories:

Headquarters
300 Desmond Dr SE
Lacey, 98503
(360)407-7224