At our November meeting Heather Trim from People for Puget sound presented a compelling argument for prompt action. Here's a summary of what she told us:
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- “Natural recovery” in which the pollution is left in place and natural sedimentation from upriver slowly covers it over and dilutes it;
- “Capping” in which a layer of clean sand and gravel is placed over the polluted area to create a barrier above the contaminated material; and
- “Dredging” in which the polluted material is removed from the river and is transported to a hazardous waste landfill.
People For Puget Sound is on the advisory forum for the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition/TAG (DRCC/TAG). DRCC/TAG has had the cleanup options reviewed by independent technical advisors and has the following main recommendations:
- The river must be cleaned up to "natural background" levels to best protect human health
- Upriver pollution source control must be addressed for an effective and equitable cleanup
- Only one option (Alternative #6R) provides a permanent cleanup that ensures it is done once and done right
- An Environmental Justice Assessment is needed to make sure that all populations are protected
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