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Toxics Cleanup Program

Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration (NRDAR)

ASARCO Tacoma Settlement

In 2010, there was a Natural Resource Damage (NRD) settlement under MTCA, between Ecology and ASARCO, for the Tacoma Smelter Plume site. Approximately $8.2 million of the settlement funds were designated for NRD restoration projects, with approximately half going to each of two projects:

Map showing two ASARCO sites

Approximately $4.1 million of the settlement fund went to King County to contribute toward the acquisition of Maury Island Natural Area, which is 275 acres of open space on Puget Sound shoreline.  The property acquired was the former Maury Island  sand and gravel mine.  The property was placed into public ownership for conservation and recreation and is now managed by King County Parks.  The 275 acres of open space is adjacent to the 320-acre Maury Island Marine Park, and together these sites provide more than a mile of protected shoreline to benefit species such as Chinook salmon, orca and bull trout.

The remaining funds from the settlement are being directed toward the Harper Estuary Restoration project.  The Harper Estuary Restoration project will restore estuary and nearshore processes that were impacted through the operation and demolition of the former Harper Tile Company.  Planning and feasibility studies are underway for the restoration project.


Celina Abercrombie
Department of Ecology
Toxics Cleanup Program
Phone:  360-407-6285

NRDAR logo:  "Focus Resource Recovery"


NRDAR Focus Sheet - March 2014

NRDAR Coordination:
Donna Podger
(360) 407- 7016

Ecology NRDAR Contacts

Information on a NRDAR restoration can be viewed by  clicking on the  purple dots on the left.