Thursday, May 20, 2010

Dioxin Questions Rise Along the Duwamish

May 19, 2010 - The poisons surfaced first along the city streets, and later were found in yards and gardens, too.

For two years, residents of a small cluster of houses in Seattle's South Park neighborhood have known they were living with elevated levels of a toxic compound known as dioxin/furans. And for two years they've watched Seattle City Light and the federal government tussle over what to do about it.

Next month City Light and the Environmental Protection Agency plan to outline options for cleaning up one of the most polluted spots along the Duwamish River — the few blocks around an old asphalt plant not far from the South Park Bridge.

But those plans are expected to put off most decisions about dioxin, raising more questions in a neighborhood long frustrated by a lack of answers.


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