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Toxics Cleanup Program

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Tacoma Smelter Plume Interactive Map

Ecology is using a large part of a $94 million settlement from Asarco to sample and clean up residential yards.  The Yard Program includes the most contaminated areas of the Tacoma Smelter Plume.  The program is free to all residential properties that qualify within the service area and completely voluntary.

Updates from the field!

For latest news on the Yard Program’s accomplishments and upcoming work, visit the Yard Program Updates webpage. You can also sign up for email updates.

How does sampling and cleanup work?

  • Sampling: Ecology is sampling soils in north Tacoma and southern Vashon-Maury Island for arsenic and lead. The Sampling Process webpage explains how sampling works.

  • Cleanup: Ecology is recommending cleanup for yards with arsenic above 100 ppm or lead above 500 ppm.  The Cleanup Process webpage explains how cleanup works.  You can also view this three-part video on yard cleanups.

How do I find information for my property?

Program Design Process

From March 14 – April 29, 2013, we held a comment period on the design for the Yard Program.  To learn about the design process or to read the final draft, please visit the Yard Program design webpage.

Please also see our Frequently Asked Questions fact sheet for more about how the Yard Program works.