Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Cornwall Avenue Landfill is getting ready for a cleanup!


Ensure that the planned waterfront park and marine areas get cleaned up - come learn how to comment on the RI/FS, the decision document that will guide how the Cornwall Avenue Landfill gets cleaned up!

What:  Cornwall Landfill Public Forum & Comment Writing Workshop with North Sound Baykeeper Staff and other experts
When:  Sept 17th, 6:30pm
Where:  Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship (BUF), 1207 Ellsworth Street

 Decision-makers must consider the public’s opinion before finalizing this cleanup – your voice matters!

This cleanup is important; it is one of the first that will form the basis of our new waterfront. The cleanup will occur both on land and in the water.  Come learn about the plan and about how to make a difference through your comments.

RE Sources is offering a special opportunity to learn about the proposed cleanup options for the Cornwall Avenue Landfill.

The Cornwall Avenue Landfill is a 26-acre site on the Bellingham waterfront that has been used for sawmill operations, a solid waste landfill, and log storage and warehousing operations.  Extensive sampling across the site found potentially harmful levels of hazardous substances in the groundwater, soil, and sediment.  The site is located within the Waterfront District redevelopment area, which is currently undergoing extensive planning efforts.  Current plans call for the site to be developed primarily as a waterfront park.

The Port of Bellingham, with Ecology oversight, has just published an environmental report called A Remedial Investigation and Feasibility Study. (RI/FS). This report contains a history of the site, comprehensive details about previous site investigations, a description of 4 cleanup alternatives and identifies a preferred cleanup alternative.  The public has three weeks to prepare comments on the report and the proposed cleanup option (the comment period ends on September 20th).   

We want a high quality, long-lasting cleanup that will be protective of public and environmental health.  We are concerned that the cleanup option that the Department of Ecology has dubbed, “the preferred alternative” (Alternative 2) may not be the best choice.  Because the project is on such a tight timeline and because we think it is so important for the public to get involved, we’re offering this special public form and comment writing workshop on September 17th.

For more information, view a recent presentation from the 8-28 public meeting:  https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/gsp/DocViewer.ashx?did=21919

The full report, “Public Review Draft Remedial Investigation and Feasibility Study for the Cornwall Avenue Landfill” is available online here: https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/gsp/DocViewer.ashx?did=21821

We hope you assist our efforts us by preparing comments for this important project.  Please contact Wendy Steffensen if you want to get involved, or have questions.  Contact Wendy at wendys@re-sources.org or at 733 8307.



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