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Bid Number: RFPS 21-8
Bid Title: Chlor-Alkali Remedial Design and Engineering
Category: Professional Services
Status: Closed


The Port of Bellingham (the Port) is soliciting responses from qualified and experienced engineering and environmental consulting firms to this Request for Professional Services (RFPS) to assist the Port with the remedial planning, field data collection, design, permitting, and development of bid documents for a formal public works cleanup project for the Chlor-Alkali Remedial Action Unit (RAU) of the Georgia-Pacific West Bellingham cleanup site (Site).  Future work may include public works bid phase support, construction administration, construction management, and post-construction monitoring and reporting.   Portions of this work are potentially eligible for Ecology grant funding; the selected team will implement this contract in accordance with the grant funding requirements.

The Site is listed by the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) as requiring remediation under Washington State’s Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA).  The 36-acre Chlor-Alkali RAU is part of the former Georgia-Pacific Pulp and Tissue Mill that operated a chlorine plant with a mercury cell process to produce chlorine gas and sodium hydroxide. Contamination from historical industrial operations includes soil, soil gas and groundwater contaminated with mercury (including visible elemental mercury), petroleum and related hydrocarbons, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), metals, high pH and other contaminants.  The Site is located within the Waterfront District in Bellingham, Washington. 

The Port is conducting the Site cleanup with Ecology oversight in accordance with Agreed Order No. DE 6834 (as amended).  In September 2021, Ecology approved a Cleanup Action Plan (CAP) for the Site.  The CAP includes the demolition and removal of subsurface obstructions and in-situ treatment of soils containing elemental mercury; neutralization of high-pH groundwater; removal of mercury and petroleum impacted soils; consolidation and capping of residual soils; and long-term monitoring.  

The Schedule of Deliverables for Remedial Design in the Agreed Order describes the scope of work and schedule of deliverables the Port is required to complete for the cleanup action. Due to the nature of the Site the cleanup is divided into multiple projects. In general, the scope of work for the cleanup design includes, but is not limited to:

  • Pre-Remedial Design Investigation (PRDI) Project Plans
  • In-situ soil stabilization field-scale pilot testing 
  • In-situ groundwater neutralization bench-scale testing  
  • PRDI Fieldwork
  • Engineering Design Report
  • Permitting for the cleanup work
  • Individual Construction Plans and Specifications for Projects A, B, C and D
Publication Date/Time:
9/30/2021 8:00 AM
Publication Information:
Bellingham Herald
Closing Date/Time:
10/22/2021 12:00 PM
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