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Construction Work in Arsenic and Lead Contaminated Soils

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13-09-093November 2013October 2016
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Author(s) Jill Reitz
Description The former Asarco smelter in Ruston and north Tacoma released air emissions that carried arsenic, lead and other heavy metals. These metals settled on the surface soil over 1,000 square mile area of King, Pierce and Thurston counties, called the Tacoma Smelter Plume. The Washington Department of Ecology is addressing soil contamination on child play areas, residential yards and providing technical assistance to developers working in the plume.

Many construction sites in the Puget Sound region may have arsenic and lead soil contamination. This FAQ explains what to do to protect workers and people living around work sites to prevent exposure to contaminated dust and soil.
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Keywords Worker Safety, Tacoma smelter plume, lead, construction, contaminated soil, contamination, arsenic, Asarco
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