BELLINGHAM - A decade after a $1.4 million interim cleanup was completed at a contaminated waterfront boatyard formerly used by Weldcraft Steel and Marine, the Port of Bellingham could finish the job with a new $610,000 cleanup plan.
The Department of Ecology recently released its plan for the upland portion of the site at 2652 Harbor Loop Drive that was contaminated with petroleum-related chemicals and metals from Weldcraft's boat building, repair and maintenance work between 1946 and 2002.
The Squalicum Harbor site is now leased by Seaview Boatyard North, which did not contribute to the contamination, according to Ecology.
In an interim cleanup in 2003 and 2004, the port removed 6,800 cubic yards of contaminated marine sediment and took it to a landfill.
Now, Ecology's recommended plan for the rest of the site calls for removing petroleum-related chemicals from groundwater if possible and capping metals-contaminated soil with existing or new buildings, foundation and pavement.
The plan would limit property and groundwater uses and call for continued monitoring to address any potential problems with contaminated vapors.
Ecology would reimburse the port for up to half the cost of the cleanup with a state Remedial Action Grant. The grant program is funded by taxes on hazardous substances and provides money to clean publicly owned sites.
People can send written comments on the proposed cleanup from Wednesday, July 30, through Aug. 28 to Ecology site manager Mary O'Herron at firstname.lastname@example.org or 3190 160th Ave. SE, Bellevue, WA 98008.
If 10 or more people ask for one, Ecology will hold a public meeting on the proposed plan.
To view the plan, go to ecy.wa.gov and search for "Weldcraft." The plan can also be viewed in person at Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave., Ecology's Bellingham Field Office, 1440 10th St. Suite 102, and at Ecology's Northwest Regional Office, 3190 160th Ave. SE in Bellevue.
To see photos of the cleanup at the Weldcraft site, go to this Ecology Flickr page.
This story was updated on July 31 to clarify the contaminated materials being addressed at the site.