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STATE DNR TO RECEIVE $2 MILLION TO CLEAN UP 67,000 SQUARE FEET OF CREOSOTE STRUCTURES IN WATERS OFF OLD ASARCO SITE IN RUSTON
Bridget Moran, DNR Deputy Supervisor for Aquatics and Agency Resources
(ANNOUNCER) The $188 million dollars that Washington State will get to repair environmental damage caused by mining giant ASARCO will help open up more Puget Sound shoreline to the public. It’s part of a federal court-approved plan to cleanup old smelter sites in Everett and Tacoma, and old mining sites in northwest and eastern Washington.
In Tacoma, Washington’s Department of Natural Resources will get $2 million dollars to clean up 67-thousand square feet of toxic creosote pilings and other structures in the water next to an old smelter site in Ruston. Bridget Moran, director of DNR’s aquatics programs, says the funds will make a major impact.
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(BRIDGET MORAN) “DNR IS VERY EXCITED BECAUSE WE WILL NOW BE ABLE TO REMOVE ALMOST 2,300 CREOSOTE PILINGS FROM THE NEAR SHORE ENVIRONMENT. THIS AREA COVERS APPROXIMATELY 2 ACRES OF OVERWATER STRUCTURE.
(ANNOUNCER) The Point Ruston ‘Waterwalk,’ to be completed after the cleanup, will open access to a mile of shoreline that has been closed to the public for more than a century.
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(BRIDGET MORAN) “ONCE WE REMOVE THIS, WE’RE GOING TO BE ABLE TO HAVE A PROMENADE WHICH WILL ALLOW PUBLIC ACCESS INTO AN AREA THAT’S BEEN ESSENTIALLY SEALED OFF FROM THE PUBLIC FOR MANY, MANY YEARS, DUE TO ITS CONTAMINATION — AND PRIVATE INDUSTRIAL USE.”
(ANNOUNCER) ASARCO operated mines and smelters for copper, lead and other metals for more than a century across the West. As part of its bankruptcy reorganization, the company will pay billions of dollars to clean up polluted sites in 19 states.
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