12 years in the making, EPA’s proposed cleanup plan arriving Thursday

Announced by the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition tonight:

EPA will release its Proposed Cleanup Plan for the Lower Duwamish River Superfund Site on Thursday, February 28, 2013.

The Proposed Cleanup Plan will go out for public release after 12 years of investigation and planning. The site was listed on the nation’s Superfund National Priorities List in 2001 – the EPA’s list of the most hazardous waste site in the nation. Cleanup will address a century of toxic chemical accumulation in the river’s bottom sediments, including PCBs, dioxins and furans, arsenic, and carcinogenic Polyaromatic Hydrocarbons (cPAHs).

The Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition is EPA’s Community Advisory Group for the site, representing the interests of affected residents, tribal members, small businesses, fishing, environmental, and public health stakeholders. DRCC will review the cleanup plan and issue public fact sheets, recommendations, and health impact studies about EPA’s proposal.

EPA and DRCC will hold a series of public hearings and community meetings during the public review period, which will close on June 13, 2013.

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