The Washington State Department of Ecology has scheduled two open houses to inform North Tacoma residents about a new cleanup program for residential yards contaminated by the old Asarco Smelter.
The state has more than $60 million to spend on the cleanup from an Asarco settlement. Homeowners whose property is contaminated may qualify to have soil removed and replaced with clean fill.
The first open house will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 28, at the Point Defiance Elementary School cafeteria, 4330 N. Visscher St., Tacoma.
The second open house will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 11 at the Woodrow Wilson High School cafeteria, 1202 N. Orchard St., Tacoma.
For those who are interested, a technical workshop will be held from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. before the April 11 open house at Woodrow Wilson High School to explain the science behind the Department of Ecology’s decisions.