- Associated Press - Friday, March 4, 2016

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - Port of Everett officials are looking to get started on a $10 million project to remove contaminated sediment in Port Gardner to make way for larger cargo ships.

The Daily Herald reports (https://goo.gl/l4CTz2 ) the project is part of the Port of Everett’s $313 million plan to extend the Pacific Terminal to handle bigger cargo ships by 2020. Port officials say they want to have the dredging portion completed by 2017.

The polluted sediment can be traced back to the lumber industry, which was a major part of Everett’s waterfront for most of the 20th century. The state, the port and Weyerhaeuser, which operated a mill there until 1980, have worked to clean up the area.

The state Department of Ecology is accepting public comment on the port’s expansion proposal through March 30.

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Information from: The Daily Herald, https://www.heraldnet.com

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