Real Estate in the Tacoma Smelter Plume
Information for buyers, sellers, and real estate professionals
Most properties are in areas where
arsenic and lead
pose only a very small, long-term health risk.
can lower your risk. Some areas have higher
levels of contamination and homes here may qualify for free soil
sampling and other services.
Buying a Home
- Search if the home is in the Tacoma Smelter Plume. Enter
the address in the
Search interactive map. Click on the red diamond for
available programs and contacts.
- Find out whatâs in the soil. Search the
Soils database for homes sampled by Ecology. If there are
no results, ask the owner if they took their own samples, or are
planning to sign up for
- Learn more. Contact your
local Dirt Alert program for brochures and health
Selling a Home
- Find out whatâs in the soil... Search the
Soils database to find out if your yard was sampled. If you
cannot find your property, you may qualify for free soil
sampling. Visit our
soil sampling page for more details.
- If you have high levels of contaminationâ¦
Donât worry, we are here to help. The
Yard Program will pay for soil removal and replacement of
arsenic over a certain threshold. If you sell your home before
cleanup, the offer transfers to the new owner.
- For lower levelsâ¦ We can advise on how to
lower your familyâs exposure using
healthy actions and covering bare patches of soil in your
State Disclosure Law
Chapter 64.06 RCW, or âForm 17,â asks if the seller knows of any
soil contamination. You can get this form from your real estate
broker. If you have questions about filling it out, you should seek
legal advice. A buyer cannot waive the right to Form 17 if the
answer to any of the questions in the âEnvironmentâ section would be