We started construction on the first yards in early June. Currently our contractors are actively working on 16 yards. The contractors generally work on several properties at a time, removing and replacing the soil in groups to pool resources and localize the construction activity.
|Properties receiving soil replacement in 2016.|
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.
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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.
Questions about the soil in your yard?
If you live in north Tacoma, we may have sampling results for your yard. To check, visit our online database. If you do not find results for your yard, you can sign up for free soil sampling by contacting the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department at (253) 798-3503 or DirtAlert@tpchd.org.
By Crescent Calimpong, Yard Program Outreach Coordinator, Toxics Cleanup Program