State schedules Asarco cleanup program open houses for Tacoma residents

Staff writerMarch 27, 2013 

The state Department of Ecology has scheduled two open houses to inform North Tacoma residents about a new cleanup program for residential yards contaminated by the old Asarco smelter.

The state has more than $60 million to spend on the cleanup from an Asarco settlement. Homeowners whose property is contaminated might qualify to have soil removed and replaced with clean fill.

The first open house will be from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Point Defiance Elementary School cafeteria, 4330 N. Visscher St. The second open house will be from 6:30- 8:30 p.m. April 11 at the Woodrow Wilson High School cafeteria, 1202 N. Orchard St.

For those who are interested, a technical workshop will be from 3:30-5 p.m. before the April 11 open house at Woodrow Wilson High to explain the science behind the Ecology Department’s decisions.

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