EPA received over 2,300 comment letters in 10 languages in 2013 following the release of the Proposed Cleanup Plan for the Duwamish River, overwhelmingly in support of a stronger cleanup that will protect the river’s diverse communities of residents, fishers, tribes, workers, and recreational users, as well as its fish and wildlife and our public investment in cleanup. In 2014, the City of Seattle and King County received another 43,000+ letters from around the country calling for a true cleanup that permanently removes toxic waste.
In December 2014, the Final Cleanup Plan was released by the Environmental Protection Agency was released.Â Check out the Final Cleanup Plan Community Fact Sheet.Â This plan is a step in the right direction from the proposed plan – but there is still more work to be done!
Get involved to make sure our voices continue to be heard!
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) listed the Lower Duwamish River â€“ a five-mile stretch through South Seattle â€“ as a federalÂ SuperfundÂ site in 2001. The Superfund List is a roster of the most contaminated sites in the country. To see comments on EPA’s proposed cleanup plan and further Superfund information visit our Superfund site page.
Find how you can get involved to help ensure that the Duwamish will be A River for All here!
DRCC/TAG has launched theÂ Duwamish Valley Healthy Communities Initiative,Â and continues to track three major policy issues related to the river cleanup: