Ecology Looking To Amend Consent Decree Covering Former Everett Landfill At Riverfront

July 23, 2021

Everett Economy


A site map of the Riverfront commercial development.

The Washington State Department of Ecology is looking to amend a consent decree that will assist the continuing re-development of the former landfill east of I-5 between 41st street and Pacific Avenue. Work is underway on the Riverfront Commercial property following development of single family homes to the south and townhomes to the north of the site. Here’s the rundown from DOE with links to the plans.

We’re excited to help Everett transform its Snohomish River waterfront. Former industrial sites and a closed landfill — all carefully managed cleanup sites — are now or soon to be residential and commercial areas. The riverfront itself is becoming an accessible public amenity that all can enjoy.

We’ve overseen cleanup and monitoring of the former Everett Landfill for several years. Our legal agreement — called a consent decree — with a succession of property owners provides specifications for safe redevelopment and occupancy. (Visit our webpage for these legal agreement files.)

Aerial map of cleanup site east of I-5 and west of Snohomish River with new housing developments both north and south of site
The Everett Riverfront redevelopment includes the former Everett Landfill site and two former industrial sites.

A central concern is proper management of methane and other gases that naturally come from the waste material in the site, an issue for any closed municipal landfill. Redevelopment will include piping in the ground to collect and remove these gases. As a backstop to this, buildings will include sensors and ventilation systems that can provide fresh air to the indoors, as needed.

We’re proposing to approve an amendment (PDF file) to the consent decree that would allow a further building design option — first floor residential units — subject to building design requirements that include a ventilated space under the first floor.

This will be the third amendment we’ve made over the years to the consent decree. We’re inviting the public to review and comment on the amendment and to attend an online public meeting, where we’ll explain the consent decree and amendment, and answer questions about them.

  • Comment through our online comment portal. Enter or paste text and attach documents. Comments also can be emailed or mailed to our site manager, Sunny Becker:; Dept. of Ecology, PO BOX 330316, Shoreline WA 98133-9716
  • Register and join our online meeting on Wednesday, July 28, 2021, at 6 p.m.

Click here for more details on the planned changes to the consent decree.


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