The City is working with Stantec Consulting Services for technical assistance to implement the Brownfields Community-Wide Assessment Grant. Work on the grant will be completed by September 30, 2016.
In June 2013 the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) selected Everett for grant funding in the amount of $400,000 ($200,000 for Hazardous Substances and $200,000 for Petroleum Substances), under the Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfield Revitalization Act, for the assessment of brownfield sites in the community. In August 2013 the City entered into a Cooperative Agreement with the US EPA to receive the grant funding.
Brownfields are real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.
The City of Everett has been significantly impacted by brownfields, many of which are located adjacent to the Snohomish River and Port Gardner Bay on the Puget Sound. Brownfield-impacted areas are also located adjacent to older residential neighborhoods and disproportionately threaten the health and economic well-being of sensitive populations. The Washington State Department of Ecology, through the Puget Sound Initiative, has also identified Port Gardner Bay as a priority for cleanup and restoration due to toxic contamination accumulated during the area's industrial history, dating back to the late 1800s.
Goals & Objectives
The goals and objectives of this project include building a sustainable brownfield program by developing the organizational infrastructure within the City and partners to permanently enhance the City’s processes for assessing, remediating, and catalyzing the redevelopment and reuse of brownfield sites. Other objectives are to spur private investment and the creation of jobs and reduce environmental threats to residents throughout the City and marine life in the Puget Sound.