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Waterfront landfill cleanup options open for review

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Waterfront landfill cleanup options open for review

KGMI News Reporting
By Karen Taylor

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – The Cornwall Avenue landfill along Bellingham’s waterfront is long overdue for a cleanup to contain the wood waste and garbage that has been washing into Bellingham Bay for years.

Dustin Terpening with the Washington State Department of Ecology says they would like people to comment on the options for cleaning it up.

Play Dustin Terpening on landfill cleanup

Saw mill operators dumped log and wood waste into the landfill from the 1800s to the 1940s.

It then became a municipal dump for Bellingham until the city closed it in 1965.

A layer of dirt was put over the landfill and the city stored logs on top of it until 2005.

Terpening says wind and water erosion has caused the waste to seep right into the bay.

The comment period begins today and runs through September 20.

The draft environmental report detailing cleanup options is available to review at Ecology’s Bellingham office, at the Bellingham Public Library and online.

Comments can be submitted to site manager Mark Adams at mark.adams@ecy.wa.gov.