Features Archive 2015

The home page on Ecology's website showcases a more in-depth look at the work we do on behalf of Washington's citizens. The following is a collection of these features.

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Soil Cleanup Program

posted: January 26, 2015
program: Toxics Cleanup Program

Tacoma Smelter Plume: Yard Sampling and Cleanup Program

Over the past few months, our work crews completed soil cleanup on 53 residential yards in Tacoma and on Vashon-Maury Island in the Yard Sampling and Cleanup Program (Yard Program). This is part of Ecology's ongoing work to clean up arsenic and lead contamination from the former Asarco smelter in Tacoma.

For more information, see:
> What's all the ruckus in north Tacoma and on Vashon Island? (blog)
> Yard Sampling and Cleanup Program
> Dirt Alert - protecting our children from toxic exposure

Water Quality Standards

posted: Jan 7, 2015
program: Water Quality Program

Improving our water quality, reducing toxic pollution

The proposed water quality standards for toxics lay the groundwork to better protect Washington’s people, waters, and economy. The proposed update is tied to toxics-reduction legislation Gov. Inslee is proposing to address toxics that enter the environment from unregulated everyday sources, such as consumer products.

“Together, the rule and toxics reduction proposal will address larger pollution challenges than the federal Clean Water Act can solve,” said Gov. Jay Inslee. “If we truly want cleaner water that reduces health risks for our communities, this is the approach we need to take.”

For more information, see:
> Updating the water quality standards
> Reducing toxic threats & what Ecology does
> Rulemaking: Water quality standards for surface waters