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Survey of Typical Soils Arsenic Concentrations in Residential Areas of the City of University Place

Publication number Date Published
01-03-008March 2001
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Author(s) Golding, S.
Description The Asarco Tacoma Smelter in Ruston operated from 1890 to 1986. Deposition of smelter emissions containing arsenic and lead have caused soil contamination in areas of King and Pierce counties. A survey of the arsenic concentration in soils of 59 University Place properties was conducted by Ecology during May through June 2000.

The purpose of the survey was to determine typical arsenic concentrations in residential soils in a study area with known elevated background conditions. University Place was chosen for the study because a previous study found elevated background conditions in that city; however, it is believed that other areas are likely to be similarly affected by deposition from the smelter.
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Keywords residential, soil, toxics, model, study, toxic, survey, smelter, model toxics control act, lead, arsenic
WATERSHED Water Resource Inventory Area 25 Grays-Elochoman