This year is turning out to be the busiest year yet for Ecology's sampling and cleanup work in the Tacoma Smelter Plume. The plume is a 1,000-square-mile-area of arsenic and lead contamination from the former Asarco smelter in north Tacoma. If you live in north Tacoma or on southern Vashon-Maury Island, you can expect to see our field crews in the area throughout the year. Read below for more information about our plans for 2015...
2015 Residential Yard Cleanups...
|Contractor removes soil on a property in Tacoma, 2014.|
Sampling of Residential Yards Continues...
|Cleanup progress in the EPA Stuy Area in north |
Tacoma, as of Feb.1, 2015
Cleaning up child play areas and parks...This summer, Ecology's Soil Safety Program will replace contaminated soils in some play areas at Tacoma's Baltimore Park and Optimist Park. Cleanups will begin around July 2015. We will send out more information and hold a neighborhood meeting about the cleanups in early June. If you'd like to be on our email or mail list, please contact Amy Hargrove, Cleanup Manager, at (360) 407-6262 or Amy.Hargrove@ecy.wa.gov.
|Cleanup progress on Vashon-Maury Island, as of |
April 15, 2015.
Follow our sampling and cleanup work in 2015...
- Ecology's website: Check out our webpage for updates.
- Sign up for email updates on our listserv.
- Follow our blog!
- Attend one of our neighborhood meetings. Our next meeting is:
May 6, 2015 -- 6:30-8:00 p.m.McMurray Middle School, 9329 SW Cemetery Road, Vashon, WA.