Friday, January 20, 2017

Tacoma Smelter Plume: New Outreach in Spanish

Picture of Spanish Facebook Post

Ecology launched new Spanish language outreach in Federal Way, last month. In partnership with Public Health Seattle King County and the Latino Community Fund we developed a Facebook advertisement post for the Dirt Alert Program pictured at right.

Based on community feedback, we focused on taking off your shoes. This is an easy way to reduce the risk from arsenic and lead that may be in the dirt that is tracked into your home. The former ASARCO smelter left arsenic and lead in the soil in King, Pierce, and North Thurston counties (see map of affected area here, in English).

The Dirt Alert program has a website with a list of more Healthy Actions (in Spanish and English).  

 We Recommend:
Mop and Vacuum Once a WeekPicture: Wash your hands with soap and waterPicture: Wash Children's Toys and Pacifiers Frequently

We also created a new page on (the Dirt Alert Partner website) in Spanish that gives people some basic information and links to more resources about the Dirt Alert program.  

This is not our first Dirt Alert outreach in Spanish. In 2014, Ecology translated several webpages about the Tacoma Smelter Plume into Spanish (see picture below) to reach the Spanish speaking community in the Plume.

Ecology's Spanish Tacoma Smelter Plume Website
For more information: Visit
Call: Latino Community Fund - 206.397.2440

Additional links to Spanish resources:

By Stacy Galleher, Toxics Cleanup Program

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