Tacoma Smelter Plume project
Protecting families from arsenic and lead in the soil
This website provides information about the Tacoma Smelter Plume project, and things you can do to protect your health from the lead and arsenic pollutants that were spread by the ASARCO smelter in Ruston, WA.
The smelter closed in 1986 after nearly 100 years in operation, but arsenic and lead remain in the soil and will continue to be a health risk for years to come. Public Health—Seattle & King County is working in partnership with the Washington State Department of Ecology to share information about this issue.