Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Tacoma Smelter Plume: Work begins to clean up contamination at Fort Nisqually in Point Defiance Park

By Stacy Galleher, Public Involvement Coordinator, Toxics Cleanup Program

Ecology’s Soil Safety Program has started construction work to replace contaminated soils at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum within Point Defiance Park. The former Asarco copper smelter in Tacoma, contaminated 1,000 square miles with arsenic and lead from its smokestack.

Construction schedule and closed areas

The Fort will temporarily close in January and February 2016.  We plan to remove soil from inside the Fort and nearby meadow area (see map below). Once the work is finished, fresh sod will be placed and protected so it can take root. Also, we will add mulch to the picnic area near the parking lot.  The Fort will reopen in March, and the first event of 2016 will be "Sewing to Sowing" on April 23.  Fort staff will be available during the temporary closure at (253) 591-5339 or fortnisqually@tacomaparks.com.http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/tcp/sites_brochure/dirt_alert/soilSafety/soilsafety.htm

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