Tacoma Smelter Plume
For almost 100 years, the Asarco Company operated a copper smelter in Tacoma. Air pollution from the smelter settled on the surface soil over more than 1,000 square miles of the Puget Sound basin. Arsenic, lead, and other heavy metals are still in the soil as a result of this pollution.
March 14 – April 29, 2013 Yard Cleanup Comment Period
Comment Period Information Ecology needs your comments on a program to clean up soils in Ruston, west and north Tacoma, and southern Vashon-Maury Island. To sign up for soil sampling, fill out a sampling access form.
Arsenic and lead
can harm your health. You
can be exposed by accidentally ingesting or inhaling
contaminated soil. Children are especially at risk because
they put dirty hands and toys in their mouths, and because their
small bodies are still growing and developing.
What is Ecology doing?
In 2009, the State of Washington received a settlement from Asarco, including $94 million to pay for cleanup of the Tacoma Smelter Plume. For details on how Ecology plans to use the settlement to protect human health, see the Final Interim Action Plan.
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