Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Recap of Custom Plywood Cleanup Public Forum

In Anacortes, on Thursday, March 10, 2011, 21 citizens gathered for the public forum “Contamination and Custom Plywood,” hosted by RE Sources' North Sound Baykeeper team and Evergreen Islands.

The forum topics include a brief overview of Ecology’s preferred upland and aquatic cleanups and alternatives, as well as in-depth discussions of the dioxin cleanup level at the site, and its health implications for subsistence fishers and how the shoreline at the site would be protected.

Citizens actively participated in some of the brain-teasers that Ecology and the larger community need to wrestle with. Should dioxin in eelgrass be dredged or thin layer capped?  The former serves to obliterate valuable habitat and the latter merely dilutes the contamination.  And how do we know what level of dioxin is safe in sediments?

Citizens walked away with an expanded understanding of the cleanup and with more tools to thoughtfully comment on the cleanup process. Want more information on this cleanup project? Go to RE Sources' website:  http://www.re-sources.org/programs/fidalgo.

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