Port of Seattle kicks off T-117 cleanup, opening South Park office

Announced by the Port of Seattle:

The Port of Seattle has started work to clean-up Terminal 117 (T-117), a former industrial property and Superfund site along the Duwamish River, located in the South Park neighborhood. Since acquiring the property in 2000, the port has worked with the public, local organizations, and environmental partners to study and design a clean-up plan that will serve the community for decades to come. This project, in conjunction with the other Early Action cleanups, will reduce PCB contamination by half in the Duwamish.

“This adds to our ongoing efforts at clean-up on the Duwamish,” said Tom Albro, Port of Seattle Commission President. “It is another example of how we are leading by example to make our port the greenest in the nation while promoting a healthy maritime industry that supports family wage jobs.”

Community engagement is a cornerstone of cleaning up the Duwamish River. An office opened today in South Park to coordinate T-117 efforts and to maintain a neighborhood presence. Clean-up of the upland portions of the site has commenced, in-water work will begin in December, when the work will be less impactful to fish as well as tribal fishing.

The T-117 site, located on the west bank of the Lower Duwamish Waterway in South Park, is a joint cleanup project by the Port of Seattle and City of Seattle. This site was identified for cleanup because the upland property, river bank and sediments, and parts of the adjacent yards and streets have high concentrations of PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls), dioxin/furans and other contaminants. For more information, please visit the T-117 project website at: t117.com

Adjacent to the Port of Seattle T-117 project, The Boeing Company is actively removing sediment, restoring wildlife habitat, and creating intertidal wetlands at the historic Boeing Plant 2 site on the Duwamish. For more information, please visit:

http://www.boeing.com/boeing/aboutus/environment/duwamish/habitat_restoration.page

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