The Burlington Hill Truth 2013


From: Trejo, Barbara (DOH)

Sent: Tuesday, February 23, 2010 3:17 PM

To: Matsuyama, Jim (DOHi); Marquis, Marc (DOHi); Hilton, David (DOHi); Darst, Randal (DOHi);
''; Wolpers, John (DOHi) Cc: Grunenfelder, Gregg (DOH); Napolilli, Nancy (DOH); Alexanian, Dan A (DOH)

Subject: USGS Naturally Occurring Asbestos Report 

Dear Environmental Health Directors: 

The Washington Department of Health’s Site Assessment Program recently requested that the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) send you advanced copies of their report Historic Asbestos Mines, Mining Prospects, and Other Natural Occurrences of Asbestos in Oregon and Washington. This is because your county is one of eight counties in Washington where USGS indicates naturally occurring asbestos has been reported. We hope you have received your copy. If not, please contact Brad Van Gosen, USGS (303-236-1566 or 

The Site Assessment Program, along with other federal, state, and local agencies, has been working on a location in Whatcom County where naturally occurring asbestos has been confirmed (Sumas Mountain). The naturally occurring asbestos at that location has eroded and been carried downstream into Swift Creek and the Sumas River where it is found in surface water, sediments, and flood deposits. We would be happy to talk with you about our experiences with this site as you begin addressing the issue in your county. You may also be interested in looking at our 2006 and 2008 Swift Creek health consultation reports and health advisories, which address the issue on Swift Creek and the Sumas River. Here is the link to those documents:  

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) have also developed some helpful materials regarding asbestos (including naturally occurring asbestos), potential health risks, and steps people can take to reduce their exposure. Those materials can be found at the following links: 

Naturally Occurring Asbestos 
General Asbestos Information 
We anticipate there will be media interest when the USGS report is released to the public because of the interest shown in the Swift Creek naturally occurring asbestos issue. We will be working with the Swift Creek/Sumas River multi-agency team to develop common talking points. Please let me know if your agency would like to join us in that effort.  


Barbara Trejo, Health Assessor/Hydrogeolgist

NOTE: The Link's below that would normally guide you to the Northwest Clean Air Agency website,
regarding Naturally Occurring Asbestos in Skagit County, are no longer available for viewing. What the contents disclosed was that they had a task force for the last 4 years, looking into the potential dangers of 
NOA exposure. Here below are the PDF's that would normally have been available for viewing. 

BOARD MEETING MINUTES - Northwest Clean Air Agency

Aug 12, 2010 - Skagit County ... article appeared in the Skagit Valley Herald. ... multi-agency effort to identify the significance of naturally-occurring asbestos in.

BOARD MEETING MINUTES - Northwest Clean Air Agency

Oct 14, 2010 - p.m., Thursday, September 9, 2010, at 1600 South Second Street, Mount ... Island, Skagit, and Whatcom counties that are working to reduce ... As you know, the multi-agency effort to address the naturally-occurring asbestos.

NOTE: The E-mail below sent to the Skagit County Health Department, clearly shows concern of the presence of Natural Occurring Asbestos being reported. 
NOTE:​ The DOR report below, clearly shows what the residences of Burlington Hill had to endure for 22 months during the demolition and rebuild of the roads.