I am a Ruston City Councilman, and despite what you read in this newspaper please don’t hold that against me.
I’ve read the online comments about how my little neighborhood village upon Puget Sound has everything to gain and nothing to lose from the Point Ruston development to occur unmolested. In the context of Ruston’s survival and the almighty buck, that’s true.
Tacoma has $31 million of the taxpayers’ money wrapped up in the Point Ruston development. Now the Washington State Utilities and Transportation Commission is investigating uninspected gas lines installed in Tacoma.
Point Ruston attempted to install a 30,000-gallon propane tank, constructed Yacht Club Road and filled a remediated cooling pond with contaminated soil - all without a permit.
Point Ruston developers intended to construct a condo atop the on-site containment facility and refused local building permits claiming federal exemptions until the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency informed them otherwise.
Point Ruston has acted without regard to public safety and protecting the environment. The developers require oversight. They require adult supervision. I will not look away.