In a classroom at South Seattle Community College 14 local residents shimmy into hazmat suits, waving their arms like Michelin men and women… They’re part of a program run by the EPA to train people who live hear Superfund sites to qualify to work on the cleanup.
Cleaning up the Duwamish River Superfund site will involve removing almost 800,000 cubic yards of sediment laced with heavy metals, PCBs, arsenic and other pollutants.
Marianne Clark is one of the trainees from the nearby Georgetown neighborhood. She lives in the same house her family has owned on the Duwamish River for 100 years.
“All generations have eaten out of that river and so Ive got such a big stake in it,” she says. “I dont want to pass the river on to my grandchildren the way it is now.”….