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TACOMA: Where’s protection for residents, environment?

Letter by R. A. Rose, Tacoma on Sep. 21, 2010 at 10:37 am with 4 Comments »
September 21, 2010 11:39 am

The oily airborne events of this past Friday from the Maritime Administration ships isn’t their first, nor will it be their last if left unchecked.

I have seen and smelled exhaust coming from their stacks into my windows and later have seen the same exhaust trapped in the Garfield Park, tennis club and Annie Wright School area. I have seen exhaust plumes wafting at tree level into Old Town and toward Stadium High School.

I have seen scraping and sand-blasting without tenting to prevent paint particles from entering the air or bay that a private boat owner couldn’t dare get away with doing. I have seen a worker hose paint dust and chips overboard into Commencement Bay.

All these events were reported to local, state and federal agencies, but environmental atrocities continue.

Is there a “get-of-jail-free card” for the dock owner, maintenance contractor and MarAd because the ships fall into a military classification?

The question, as a few suggest, isn’t whether the residents should have known these activities occurred prior to moving to the neighborhood, as though polluting were permissible. It is a question whether the City of Tacoma, the Department of Ecology, the Department of Natural Resources, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department actually protect Tacoma residents, park users, students and marine life?

When will someone stand up to the federal government and say “we are mad as hell and won’t take your pollution anymore”?

Leave a comment Comments → 4
  1. CrazyJim says:

    They need to get rid of those two old tubs down there. Scrap metal comes to mind.

    They will never be used for anything. Waste of taxpayer money.

  2. Puyallup says:

    Why do businesses leave Tacoma? Why is the city the butt of jokes? Just follow your nose and eyes to the city’s polluters that, even in 2010, hold this city and region back. The city of Tacoma needs to come down hard on any industry that spreads filth and pollution. If they can’t follow the rules, close them down. That’s a good first step to making a livable city that’s attractive to residents, tourists and business.

    And as the above letter suggests, the case that residents should have known about these issues before they moved into the neighborhood is plain nonsense. Those areas were residential long before the today’s polluters were in town. Residents should not have to be aware of their industrial neighbors; industry should be aware of its residential neighbors and the city that they are allowed to do business in.

  3. Jesus you Northenders are a bunch of whiners !

    Explains why you pay for brick inlaid intersections !

  4. Could be the result of too much arsenic in their gardens from the old smelter.

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