Among the dangerous contaminants found in the Duwamish River are polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). These cancer-causing chemicals were produced only by Monsanto for decades, and now, the City of Seattle is entering into a lawsuit against the company. The city aims to use compensation funds from the suit to support the clean up of the Duwamish River. This article from The Planet features information about how the polluted river affects nearby communities, and includes perspectives from DRCC/TAG staff.
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Step inside Boeing’s cavernous Plant 2 along East Marginal Way South â€” large enough to hold eight football fields â€” and it’s hard to imagine a pilot might fly over this facility and not notice it.
For more than a century, Seattle’s Duwamish River has supported dozens of heavy industrial businesses. That’s boosted the economy, but left a legacy of poisoned water and land. Now, the Seattle City Council is looking at a vision of an industrial future that’s cleaner and greener.
Boeing has reached a cooperative settlement with the Elliott Bay Trustee Council to help restore the Duwamish Waterway Superfund. And by most accounts, the settlement was indeed quite cooperative. We talk with the parties involved to hear how the restoration of the waterway is coming. Then, as the Gulf Coast begins to deal with the environmental costs of the Deepwater Horizon spill, we take up the topic of corporate responsibility to environmental disasters in general. What laws apply, and is there any overarching notion of corporate environmental responsibility?
Boeing will restore fish habitat along the Duwamish Waterway and pay $2 million to settle allegations that decades of airplane manufacturing helped pollute the waterway with oil and other toxic substances.
The settlement was filed Tuesday in federal court in Seattle. Boeing agreed to undertake two habitat-restoration projects to benefit salmon and other fish and birds.
Boeing is set to demolish its historic Plant 2 facility near Boeing Field, famous for being so vital to the World War II manufacturing effort that to foil possible enemy bombing raids the roof was camouflaged with life-size fake trees, houses and streets.
Some one hundred years ago, our forefathersÂ contouredÂ the landscape of this area and reshaped it make it more usable for industry, under the impression they were doing something Â positive. One plan was to straighten the Duwamish River and modify it so that it would be friendlier to shipping and commerce. Man now had the power and the machines to master his environment and mold its landscape to his needs, so why not?