This editorial will appear in Tuesday’s print edition.
The latest reports on the health of Commencement Bay and Tacoma waterways offer at least two valuable lessons when it comes to the environment:
• It is possible to make significant progress even on sites so terribly polluted that they get on the federal Superfund list.
• And ongoing, aggressive prevention efforts are needed to keep a site from becoming polluted all over again.
The reports from the state Department of Ecology and the City of Tacoma are mostly positive, painting a picture of continuing improvements on most fronts while reminding us that turnaround efforts still have a long way to go.
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