Tacoma Smelter Plume: Ecology continues work to replace soil on yards in Tacoma and on Vashon-Maury Island
By Crescent Calimpong, Yard Program Outreach Coordinator
Soil Removal and replacement in 2015.
In 2013, the Department of Ecology Yard Programremoved and replaced soil on its
first eight yards. Since then, work has
increased each year.In 2015, we
completed our largest cleanup group to date, completing soil removal on 94
properties in North Tacoma and on Vashon Maury Island.
This month we are wrapping up the last construction items on
the properties in North Tacoma and starting to look ahead to the start of the
2016 construction season.In late May,
we will start the process again, working with 80 property owners to perform
soil removal and replacement through the Yard Program.
The Yard Program
cleans up arsenic and lead from the former Asarco smelter in Tacoma.It is a voluntary program that’s offered at
no cost to the homeowner.This work is
part of Ecology’s efforts to sample and replace contaminated soil 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.
Questions about the Yard Program?
Please call the project line at (360) 407-7688 and press 2 for Tacoma
Smelter Plume, or email the Yard Program Outreach Coordinator at Crescent.Calimpong@ecy.wa.gov.