October 19, 2010
Commissioner Goldmark and Congressman Dicks to recognize historic work at former Asarco site along Tacoma’s waterfront
More than 2300 creosote pilings currently being removed, one of the largest creosote removal projects in Puget Sound in nearly 50 years
OLYMPIA – Members of the media and public are invited to join Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark, Congressman Norm Dicks, Puget Sound Partnership Executive Director David Dicks, and local officials including Mayor of Tacoma Marilyn Strickland to celebrate the work currently being done to remove more than 2300 toxic creosote pilings at Point Ruston, the former ASARCO smelter site.
What: Celebrating the return of Tacoma’s Waterfront announcing the removal of more than 2300 creosote pilings
When: Wednesday October 20, 2010 from 10am to 11:30am
Where: Stack Hill, 5229 North 49th Street, Ruston, WA 98407
**Media will have access to the site after press conference to gain an up close review of the creosote piling removal project currently underway after 100 years of contamination
Creative partnerships like this are needed to clean-up the Puget Sound
Over the past decade, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources has worked with numerous federal, state, and local agencies and organizations including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Washington Department of Ecology, and the City of Tacoma, to address the remediation of the former Asarco smelter site.
Formerly one of the most contaminated sites in the nation, the Point Ruston project seeks to create a destination location and reconnect the community to its waterfront after more than 100 years of contamination. This important development and access will bring more than 10 acres and 1 mile worth of public access to the Tacoma waterfront, and give businesses in the area more accessibility.
Media Contact: Abbey Corzine, Communications Specialist, 360-902-1401, firstname.lastname@example.org
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