Superfund Info

EPA’s Proposed Cleanup Plan for the Duwamish River

Cleanup Recommendations & FAQs

Community Fact Sheet & Technical Assessment

See a visual summary of the 2300+ public comments submitted to the EPA. Or access the entire trove of comments here. (Note: Safari has known issues and is not recommended. If you see a screen asking for registration, just click on ‘Guest’ to get through).

Read the petition signed by 43,000 people across the country here.
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READ COMMENT LETTERS SUBMITTED BY:

• Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition/Technical Advisory Group (that’s us!)

• Larry Phillips, King County Council & Sally Bagshaw, Seattle City Council: King County Regional Water Quality Committee

• Environmental community joint letter: w/Center for Environmental Law & Policy, Citizens for a Healthy Bay, Deschutes Estuary Restoration Team, Futurewise, Olympic Environmental Council, Orca Network, RE Sources for Sustainable Communities, Sierra Club of Washington State, Surfrider Foundation, Waste Action project, and others

• Central Area Neighborhoods District Council, w/12 member endorsements

• Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association

• Environmental Professionals of Color–Seattle Chapter

• Georgetown Community Council

• Georgetown Arts and Cultural Center

• Max Vekich, Puget Sound Representative, International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU)

• Peter Steinbrueck, Steinbrueck Urban Strategies/Candidate for Mayor

• Puget Soundkeeper Alliance

• SeaMar Community Health Clinics/Community HealthCorps

South Park Information and Resource Center

South Park Neighborhood Association

Washington Environmental Council/People for Puget Sound

Washington State Nurses Association & Physicians for Social Responsibility

The comment period for EPA’s Proposed Cleanup Plan for the Duwamish River Superfund Site closed on June 13, 2013. Visit EPA’s web site for additional info.

DRCC/TAG Recommendations Summary:

  • Remove all highly and moderately contaminated sediments from the river.
  • Kick start the recovery of low-level contaminated sediments with a thin layer of clean material.
  • Integrate and enforce pollution source control efforts in the final EPA cleanup order.
  • Minimize the need for fishing advisories and ensure that efforts to prevent fishing are culturally-appropriate and don’t further harm people’s health.
  • Establish a Pollution Prevention and Mitigation Fund until cleanup is complete and health standards are met.
  • Hire local!

Researchers at the University of Washington School for Public Health, Just Health Action and DRCC/TAG conducted a Health Impact Assessment (HIA) of EPA’s Proposed Plan, which evaluates possible health effects of the plan and makes recommendations to maximize benefits, minimize harmful impacts, and promote health equity. See links to the HIA Report on our HIA project page!

Check back here frequently for updates and new info on making the Duwamish A River for All! To view our previous fact sheets please visit our documents and reports page

What is “Superfund”?

“Superfund” is the common name for the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Cleanup and Liability Act (CERCLA), passed by Congress in 1980. The law requires that the nation’s most toxic hazardous waste sites be identified and cleaned up. The lower Duwamish River was added to the national Superfund list – also known as the National Priority List – in 2001. The river has also been listed for cleanup by Washington State under the “state superfund” or Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA). More general information about Superfund and MTCA can be found below: What is Superfund? (Wikipedia) US Environmental Protection Agency Superfund cleanup sites in Washington (EPA Region 10) Lower Duwamish Superfund site Washington State MTCA