Bellingham Cleanup Plan Ready for Review

A plan to remove contaminated sediment and soil from a Port of Bellingham-owned shipyard located at 201 Harris Avenue on the Bellingham waterfront is available for the public to review.

Under a legal agreement between the Washington Department of Ecology and the port, the cleanup plan addresses a portion of the contaminated area, while an overall cleanup plan for the entire area is being developed.

Contractors will remove a large volume of contaminated soil, about 15,000 cubic yards of contaminated sediment, and creosote-treated pilings. They will also demolish an old building and the pier, which will allow for greater access and removal of contaminated sediment. In addition, the pier will be rebuilt.

The contamination is associated with past ship building and marine maintenance activities and has no relation to the current port tenant, Puglia Engineering.

The cleanup work is estimated to cost about $14 million. Ecology will reimburse the port up to half the cost through the state’s Remedial Action Grant program, which helps pay for the cleanup of publicly owned sites. The Legislature funds the grant program with revenues from a voter-approved tax on hazardous substances.

Comments will be accepted through April 7.

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3rd International Congress Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging

Russia’s leading maritime industry Media Group PortNews (www.portnews.ru) holds a traditional annual Congress “Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging” in Moscow. 

The two-day Congress includes the 7th International Forum of Dredging Companies and the 3rd Technical Conference “Modern Solutions for Hydraulic Engineering”.

Infrastructure development is among the real sources of Russia’s economy growth. Construction of port facilities and new hydraulic engineering structures on the country’s inland waterways constitute an essential part of all infrastructure projects. It is important to take into account the best international practices to implement these projects effectively.

The program of the Congress will be devoted to the latest technologies for dredging and hydraulic engineering works. Speakers and delegates will refer to real projects to discuss specifics features of dredging works, as well as dedicated fleet and equipment involved.

To learn more about event, please, contact the organizing committee: snitko@portnews.ru

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