Welcome to Public Health Seattle & King County's
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 HealthSeattle & King County is working in partnership with the Washington State Department of Ecology to share information about this issue.
All information is general in nature and is not intended to be used as a substitute for appropriate professional advice. For more information, please call 206-296-4600 (voice) or TTY Relay: 711 or toll-free, 800-325-6165. Mailing address: 401 5th Ave., Suite 1300, Seattle, WA 98104 or click here to email us. Because of confidentiality concerns, questions regarding client health issues cannot be responded to by e-mail. Please read the Notice of Privacy Practices. For more information, contact the Public Health Privacy Office at 206-263-8255.