Thursday, August 29, 2013

Around the Sound: Wood debris hauled off Sound beaches

By Seth Preston, Communication Manager, Toxics Cleanup Program

Kudos to the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Puget SoundCorps for this good news about pulling old wood debris off some Puget Sound beaches.

That includes old pilings (like those shown in the photo) treated with toxic creosote and other marine debris tainted with the long-lasting substance.

For decades, creosote was used to coat wood pilings for docks and other structures built in and over Puget Sound waters. The creosote protects the pilings – but continues to leach slowly into the environment for years.

You can find out more about DNR’s creosote removal program and the Puget SoundCorps.

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