The discovery of higher-than-expected amounts of mercury could increase the cost of a Bellingham, Wash., environmental cleanup from $1.8 million to as much as $3.2 million. The Port of Bellingham has an environmental insurance policy as well as state grant money that it can use toward additional costs, said Brian Gouran, the port's environmental site manager. The higher level of contamination was discovered during the excavation of a former Georgia-Pacific mill site, the first phase of a potentially $100 million statewide cleanup plan.

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