Partnership Applauds Port of Seattle Decision

NEWS FROM THE PUGET SOUND PARTNERSHIP

MEDIA CONTACT
David Dicks, Executive Director
360.725.5454
david.dicks@psp.wa.gov

Scott Redman, Toxic Reduction Program Manager
360.725.5448
scott.redman@psp.wa.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
09-11-2007

The Puget Sound Partnership applauds the Port of Seattle Commission for its action today to help protect Puget Sound. The Port directed staff to work with King County on a proposal to dispose of contaminated dredged materials from the Duwamish East Waterway in an upland site rather than at an in water disposal site. The dredging is part of the Port’s conversion of Terminal 30 and an economic development project. The upland disposal will remove PCBs from the marine environment.

“The Port Commission’s decision demonstrates a commitment to environmental stewardship and is the type of ‘above and beyond’ action that will help us achieve our goal of a healthy Puget Sound by 2020,” said David Dicks, Executive Director of the Puget Sound Partnership.

PCBs, or polychlorinated biphenyls, were banned in the US in 1976, but still persist in the environment. They were used in hydraulic fluids, solvents, electrical coolants, and lubricants. Chinook salmon from Puget Sound have higher levels of PCBs – two-to-six times higher – than those measured in other West Coast populations including Alaska, British Columbia and Oregon,

”The success of the Puget Sound Partnership will depend on the willingness and ability of governmental and private entities to take actions that will benefit Puget Sound. The Port Commission has provided us with a model of how to do this,” said Dicks.

“The Puget Sound Partnership pledges to work with our local, federal and state partners to ensure that the Port is able to move forward with this project” said Dicks. “As we build an action agenda for Puget Sound recovery over the coming year we will work diligently to address the most important threats to Puget Sound.”

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~ by fredfelleman on September 17, 2007.

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