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Lockheed West Seattle (formerly known as Shipyard Number 2) is located on Elliot Bay in Seattle, Wash.
The bay is used for a variety of recreational purposes, including fishing, canoeing and kayaking.
The Muckleshoot and Suquamish Native American Tribes use the area for commercial and subsistence fishing. The area also provides habitat critical to Chinook salmon, which the federal government has listed as a threatened species.
Lockheed Shipbuilding and other maritime companies operated the former shipyard for approximately 45 years. Lockheed Martin Corporation discontinued its operations at the Lockheed Shipyard No. 2 in 1987.
It is believed that historical uses of the facility — shipbuilding, repair and maintenance activities — have resulted in contaminated sediments.
The sediments are habitat to numerous fish and other aquatic species, and are within a migratory corridor for endangered, threatened and other anadromous fish, which are fish that move from salt to fresh water to lay their eggs.
Historical shipyard contaminants of potential concern include
- polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)
- polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)
- organic compounds, mercury and other metals.
- Other contaminants not directly associated with shipyard activities also may be present at the site.
THE PORT OF SEATTLE
The Port of Seattle (The Port) purchased the property in 1992.
- The Port cleaned up the land area of the old shipyard under Washington State Department of Ecology oversight.
- The property is currently part of The Port’s Terminal 5, which is a container shipping facility.
- Lockheed Martin is responsible for cleanup of the aquatic sediments portion of the property, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is overseeing this activity.
Lockheed Martin has prepared a Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study (RI/FS) to better understand the contamination and to develop a cleanup plan.
- The EPA approved the work plan in June 2008. To date, Lockheed Martin has conducted three RI field investigations at the site to provide data for the risk assessments and the RI/FS.
- Lockheed Martin conducted an analysis of data collected during the field investigations to complete the Human Health and Ecological Risk Assessments.
- Activities in 2009 and 2010 included the completion of the RI/FS; the EPA determination of the proposed plan; and Record of Decision.
If you have questions, please contact:
Mékell Mikell Corporate Communications
Documents & TIMELINE
- 1942 - Lockheed Shipbuilding and other maritime companies started operating the former shipyard
- 1987 - Lockheed Martin Corporation (LMC) discontinued its operations at the Lockheed Shipyard No. 2
- 1992 - The Port of Seattle purchased the property
- 2006 September Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Proposes Lockheed Martin West Seattle (LMWS) for National Priorities List (NPL)
- 2007 March EPA List LMWS on NPL
- 2008 June - LMC prepared a Remedial investigation/Feasibility Study Work Plan. The EPA approved the work plan.
- 2009 August Harbor Island Community Involvement Plan
- 2010 August Questions and Answers Harbor Island Area
- 2012 May Remedial Investigation Feasibility Study Volume 1 Text
- 2012 May Remedial Investigation Volume 2 Appendices
- 2012 May Remedial Investiation Transmittal Letter to EPA
- 2012 June National Remedy Review Board Recommendations LMWS Site
- 2012 July EPA Region 10 Responses to National Review Board Comments
- 2012 July Lockheed West Seattle Superfund Site Brochure
- 2012 July EPA Newsletter LMWS Comment Period
- 2012 July Proposed Plan LMWS Site
- 2013 August EPA Record of Decision
- 2013 August EPA Newsletter Cleanup Decision
- 2015 February Explanation of Significant Differences of the Record of Decision
- 2016 July Pre-Remedial Design Field Sampling Report
- 2016 November Preliminary 30% Design
- 2016 October Preliminary 30% Design Appendix B Design Drawings