Washington Department of Ecology to Begin Yard Sampling & Cleanup in Tacoma Smelter Plume Areas, Including Vashon

Tacoma SmelterThe Washington State Department of Ecology is about to start a  Tacoma Smelter Plume Yard Sampling & Cleanup Program and has an open Public Comment Period from March 14 through April 29.

This year, Ecology will begin sampling and cleaning up residential yards.  This “Yard Program” will focus on the most contaminated areas of the Tacoma Smelter Plume – Ruston, west Tacoma, and southern Vashon-Maury Island.

To see more information about the comment period information and to view the program service area map, go to http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/tcp/sites_brochure/tacoma_smelter/2013/yard-Sampling.html.

The program will run a little bit differently in the Ruston/North Tacoma Study Area (Superfund site).  There are separate fact sheets for the different regions the program serves, and a Frequently Asked Questions fact sheet.

The Tacoma Smelter Plume website is http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/tcp/sites_brochure/tacoma_smelter/2011/ts-hp.htm.

Please submit written comments to Amy Hargrove at Amy.Hargrove@ecy.wa.gov.  She can also be reached at 360-407-6262.

More information on the entire program is available from Hannah Aoyagi, PhD, by phone 360-407-6790 or email at hannah.aoyagi@ecy.wa.gov.  Hannah is the Community Outreach & Environmental Education Specialist, Toxics Cleanup Program, Southwest Regional Office, Washington State Department of Ecology

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