Thursday, October 20, 2011

Tacoma Smelter Plume: Cleanup plan out for public comment

By Hannah Aoyagi, Public Involvement Coordinator, Toxics Cleanup Program

Ecology is holding a comment period October 20 – December 20 on a cleanup plan for the Tacoma Smelter Plume. This plan includes soil cleanup for the most contaminated areas of the plume and for play areas. It also manages risk by educating people about how to protect themselves.

Why it matters

Over 1,000 square miles of King, Pierce, Thurston, and Kitsap counties may have arsenic and lead soil contamination. You could be affected! Arsenic and lead are toxic, especially to children.

What to comment on

Our reading guide explains more about what's in the plan and what to comment on. Ecology is offering different services, depending on where you live. You may also have specific questions if you are a parent, teacher, developer, land use planner, real estate agent, or thinking about buying or selling a home.

How to submit comments

Check the comment period webpage for where to send comments. We also list all the staff available to answer questions.

Public Meetings

All meetings run from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

  • Nov. 2, 2011 Point Defiance Elementary School cafeteria, 4330 N. Visscher St., Tacoma

  • Nov. 9, 2011 McMurray Middle School cafeteria, 9329 Cemetery Rd., Vashon Island

  • Nov. 16, 2011 Curtis High School cafeteria, 8425 40th St. W., University Place

  • Dec. 6, 2011 Des Moines Activity Center, 2045 South 216th St., Des Moines

Check this blog over the next two months for more discussion about the plan and how you can be involved!

1 comment:

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