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King County meeting Feb. 7 for public input on federal grant to help clean Maury Island site

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King County is applying for federal grant funding to help determine how to best clean up the former Maury Island gravel mine site, which lies directly within the plume of the ASARCO copper smelter.

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King County is applying for federal grant funding to help determine how to best clean up the former Maury Island gravel mine site, which lies directly within the plume of the ASARCO copper smelter.

As part of its application for $400,000 in Brownfields assessment and cleanup grant funds from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the County has scheduled a public meeting for Feb. 7 at the Vashon Maury Island Land Trust Building, 10014 SW Bank Rd, Vashon. The meeting is set for 7-9 p.m., and will include a brief overview of the grant proposal and provide opportunity for public comment.

The County’s draft application for the Brownfields grant is available at www.kingcounty.gov/recreation/parks/naturalresources/naturallands/mauryislandsite, or by contacting Connie Blumen, Natural Resource Program Manager, King County Parks and Recreation Division, 201 S. Jackson St., Suite 701, Seattle, WA 98104-3855; 206-263-6371; connie.blumen@kingcounty.gov. Comments on the draft grant proposal will be accepted through Feb. 8, including comments postmarked by this date.

If successful, King County staff will use the Brownfields grant funds to help with soil assessment and remediation of the Maury Island gravel mine site property, which the County acquired in 2010. A significant portion of the $36 million acquisition funding came from a state ASARCO settlement fund.

The 250-acre property offers sweeping views of Puget Sound, the Puget Sound lowlands and Mt. Rainier, and offers high-quality marine habitat for federally protected Puget Sound chinook salmon, orcas and a host of other marine fish and wildlife species.

More information about the Maury Island gravel mine site cleanup is available at https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/gsp/Sitepage.aspx?csid=1532.