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Port of Everett, Project Partners Break Ground on $36M Norton Terminal

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – JULY 15, 2021­­

Everett, Wash. – Today, the Port of Everett hosted a groundbreaking ceremony to commemorate the start of construction for the Port’s $36M Norton Terminal Development and Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA) Interim Action Cleanup at the former Kimberly-Clark mill site.
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The Port was joined by local, state and federal leaders, project partners and community members for the celebration. The program included remarks by Port officials, U.S. Senator Patty Murray’s Office, U.S. Congressman Rick Larsen, Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers, City of Everett Mayor Cassie Franklin, Representative Mike Sells, Representative Emily Wicks and Brock Milliern with Washington State Department of Ecology’s Toxics Cleanup Program.

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“This project is mission critical to this community and the economic vitality of our working waterfront and region,” Port of Everett CEO Lisa Lefeber said. “This work literally paves the way to our economic recovery, supporting cargo and industry diversification and restoring meaningful family-wage jobs to this site.”

This critical maritime infrastructure project represents the final physical cleanup at the site, while creating a new marine cargo terminal. It is the cornerstone of the Port’s more than $100M Mills to Maritime initiative – an effort that sets out to transform the former mill site into a new maritime hub to realize the Port's recent $57M South Terminal investment, enhance the movement of commerce, restore jobs, position our region for economic recovery and cargo diversification, and achieve environmental stewardship.

This work is funded in part by a $17.75 million federal BUILD grant administered through MARAD and a $7.65 million Washington State Department of Ecology MTCA grant. 

For additional information, contact Catherine Soper, Public Affairs Manager, at 425-388-0680 or by e-mail at catherines@portofeverett.com.

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About the Port of Everett’s Mills to Maritime Initiative
The Port of Everett’s more than $100M Mills to Maritime initiative sets out to transform the former Kimberly-Clark (K-C) mill site into a new maritime hub to realize the Port's recent $57M South Terminal investment, and enhance the movement of commerce, restore jobs and position our region for economic recovery and cargo diversification, while achieving environmental stewardship.

The $36M Norton Terminal Development & Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA) 3rd Interim Action represents the next phase in this effort, which is funded in part by a $17.75 million federal BUILD grant administered through MARAD and a $7.65 million Washington State Department of Ecology MTCA grant. 

The project is located at the heart of Everett’s working waterfront, between the Port’s international Seaport and Naval Station Everett. It follows completion of a thorough upland cleanup by the previous property owner – a requirement set as part of the Port’s purchase of the site in late-2019. With this condition in place, and the regulatory agency requirements, the Port was able to expedite remediation of the site and meet its targeted redevelopment schedule just 18 months from acquisition.

The 3rd MTCA Interim Action is being conducted by the Port under a cleanup agreement with the Washington State Department of Ecology. This integrated cleanup and redevelopment plan installs a low permeability cap over a majority of the former mill site (now Norton Terminal) to cover any residual soil contamination and improve groundwater quality. The cap will provide permanent environmental controls and a state of-the-art stormwater treatment for the first time in the property’s history, which in combination will serve to protect the health of the Puget Sound. Norton Terminal is on schedule to open in fall 2022.

More than 800 construction jobs will be supported over both construction phases, and at full build out, the site expected to support approximately 950 direct, indirect and induced jobs.

Click here to view a quick video on the site’s history and Mills to Maritime initiative.