Seattle’s only river flows through the South Seattle neighborhoods of Georgetown and South Park. The lower five-mile stretch was designated a Superfund site in 2001, meaning it’s on the federal government’s list of the most toxic places in the nation. The waters of the lower Duwamish contain unsafe levels of arsenic, PCBs, dioxins and even raw sewage
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It’s budget season at the state legislature and the environmental community has its work cut out for it. Steep cuts to core environmental protections including toxic clean ups, air quality and water supply are already underway. The environmental community is committed to stemming the tide in order to sustain key programs the public expects. Green Acre Radio’s Martha Baskin has our story.
A small stretch of South Seattle’s Duwamish River where officials spent $10.7 million removing toxic mud from the river bottom has been recontaminated after less than two years by a mysterious influx ofÂ chemicals.
King County has been ordered to fix the “mess” created by a Duwamish River cleanup project that triggered numerous water-quality violations and raised the ire ofÂ environmentalists.
While trying to clean up part of Seattle’s badly polluted Duwamish River this winter, dredging crews spread plumes of toxic PCBs, exceeding pollution standards in some places, angering environmentalists.
For watchdogs of the years-long Superfund cleanup of the river-turned-industrial waterway, a King County report released this week confirms their long-standing contentions that the county needs to change its haphazard methods of scooping out the toxic sediment.
King County officials have abandoned their plan to ship contaminated Duwamish River sludge to Commencement Bay because of public opposition and no clear signal that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency would approve the plan.
City leaders expressed “grave concern” last night and joined those opposed to dumping polluted mud from the Duwamish River in Seattle into their backÂ yard.