Friday, October 22, 2010

Around the Sound: Cleaning up the Sound, boosting economy go hand-in-hand

By Seth Preston, Communications Manager, Toxics Cleanup Program

Gov. Chris Gregoire’s Oct. 15 tour of Puget Sound to take a firsthand look at cleanup issues generated a lot of media coverage.

As a followup, Chris Dunagan of the Kitsap Sun offers this take on how cleaning up and restoring the Sound creates jobs that boost Washington’s economy.

I think we can safely assume that most people realize the Sound, in general, is a huge economic driver for Washington. Here’s some information that illustrates this point — it’s a bit dated, but you get the picture.

You can read more about how working for a clean environment benefits Washington’s economy.

And you can find more about Ecology’s general Puget Sound restoration efforts, along with specific information about the Toxics Cleanup Program’s Puget Sound Initiative work at specific sites around the Sound.

Here’s a fresh example. KOMO-TV reports on the removal of old pilings from the water off Point Ruston in Pierce County. The state hires contractors for such jobs, and the contractors either hire new workers or retain current ones to do the work.

The Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is using a share of bankruptcy settlement money from Asarco to clean up a portion of the company’s legacy of pollution in the Tacoma area. We’re also gearing up cleanup around Asarco’s old Everett smelter.

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