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A people centered approach to the environment

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Sudha Nandagopal was one of hundreds who volunteered for our Duwamish Alive! restoration last week. In her thoughtful piece for the Seattle Globalist, she reminds us that people’s health and the environment are deeply connected and cannot be treated as separate issues. She writes: “This week I spent part of my Saturday with volunteers for… Read more.

Seattle’s Dirty River Offers Gift Of Green Jobs

Published on in KUOW/EarthFix

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.”….

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EPA’s Duwamish River cleanup plan draws skepticism

Published on in Oregon Public Broadcasting (Earthfix/KUOW)

The final hearing Wednesday on a cleanup plan for one of the Northwest’s most polluted rivers brought out concerns that it doesnt do enough to protect fish, wildlife and human health.

More than 300 people came out to learn about the EPA’s proposed cleanup plan for the Duwamish River.

“I want to say no. I want to be able to go and fish in that river. I know many of our community members do too.” said [South Park resident Paulina Lopez], holding her infant on her chest in a sling. “I want a river that will be able to protect the health of our communities.”

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With focus on toxics, Duwamish cleanup could leave other health problems unsolved

Published on in InvestigateWest

If the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency isn’t going to ensure Seattle’s Duwamish River is clean enough for needy residents to fish there for their dinner, the agency needs to ensure those people get fish some other way – even if that means supplying seafood through food banks. Or building clean urban fishing ponds. Or giving people shares in a seafood cooperative akin to a community-supported-agriculture operation.

That’s one thrust of a new report by health advocates commenting on the EPA’s proposed cleanup plan for the heavily polluted Duwamish….

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Time to speak out is now on $305m Duwamish Cleanup Plan

Published on in KUOW / EarthFix

A century’s work of contamination to the city’s only river is about to get a $305 million cleanup. Before finalizing a decision on the proposed plan, the Environmental Protection Agency is asking the public to weigh in.

Some of the first Seattle residents to speak out on the plan were at the Concord International School gymnasium in South Park last Thursday. This is one of the most diverse neighborhoods in Seattle, and that diversity was reflected at the meeting. Spanish, Vietnamese and Somali could be heard at tables set up around the room as south Seattle residents gathered to learn more and submit comments to the EPA.

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