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Contamination at former mill site worse than expected

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Courtesy: myeverettnews.com

Growing concern in Everett where higher levels of contamination have been found at the former Kimberly-Clark mill site, according to The Everett Herald.

The newspaper says arsenic and other heavy metals have been found in ground up concrete at the 66-acre site.

Kimberly-Clark and state officials told Everett city leaders this week that the clean-up will take a little longer but that future development on the site won’t have to be limited to just industrial uses, according to the paper.

Some 700 people lost their jobs when the mill closed in April of 2012.


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1 Comment

  • pete1427

    The paper industry generates a lot of carcinogens, and toxins to produce
    their end product, paper products.
    These concerns should have been addressed during the times that the
    plants were actually operating by OSHA, and WISHA before they were ever
    allowed to became ground contaminates.
    It is should come as no surprise that our government's safety agencies
    were not performing the jobs that the tax payers had paid them to do..
    Now the problem is finally being addressed, but the problem need not
    have happened if proper contamination controls would have been in
    place during the plants operation. Insurance that chemicals were
    properly used, and disposed of was under the responsibilities that
    are OSHA, and WISHA control.