SUMAS MOUNTAIN ASBESTOS (AKA SWIFT CREEK)
Superfund Site Profile
The Sumas Mountain landslide near the headwaters of Swift Creek in Whatcom County, Washington, releases up to 120,000 cubic yards of excess sediment into Swift Creek each year. The slide material contains deposits of naturally-occurring asbestos that can become exposed when water levels in the creek are low, when the creek is dredged, or when floods deposit material on banks and adjacent properties.
Asbestos can become airborne when this asbestos-containing sediment is disturbed. This could happen during activities like walking or riding on sediments, or if the sediments are used for home construction projects, such as driveways or pathways. When asbestos ...
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