Yard Sampling and Cleanup Program (Yard Program)
Tacoma Smelter Plume Interactive Map
Ecology is using a large part of a $94 million settlement from
Asarco to sample
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
and completely voluntary.
Updates from the field!
For latest news on the Yard Programâ€™s accomplishments and
upcoming work, visit the Yard Program
Updates webpage. You can also sign up for
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 â€“ 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.