Sustainable Burien’s next meeting will be from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012 at the Burien library, and will focus on the ‘Tacoma Plume’ from the ASARCO plant in Tacoma.
Elizabeth Weldin, of the Toxics Cleanup Program with the Washington State Department of Ecology, will be speaking about the “Tacoma plume,” from the ASARCO plant in Tacoma.
“For almost 100 years, the Asarco Company operated a copper smelter in Tacoma. Air pollution from the smelter settled on the surface soil over more than 1,000 square miles of the Puget Sound basin. Arsenic, lead, and other heavy metals are still in the soil as a result of this pollution.”
Learn how this affects you. How safe are we? Who is at risk? How does this impact the sustainability of Burien? Can I grow my own food? Can my kids play outside in the dirt? What businesses might be impacted? Land value? What steps can we make to mitigate the presence of arsenic and create a healthy and resilient community?
Here are the details:
WHAT: Sustainable Burien’s monthly meeting.
WHEN: Sunday, Jan. 8th at 2:00 p.m. (doors open at 1:30 p.m.)
WHERE: Burien library, located at 400 SW 152nd Street.
INFO: Please call Rebecca or Bill at 243-9366 if there are questions.
From their website:
Sustainable Burien is an organization started in January of 2008. We recognize the need to promote and participate in the creation of a sustainable community in Burien. We invite all residents and businesses to participate in creating a sustainable local community by sharing their ideas, passions, knowledge and talents.
At our meetings we will be collecting burned out CFL (Compact Fluorescent Light) bulbs and dead rechargable batteries. People are welcome to bring any extra food items [produce from your garden, fruit from your trees, etc.] that they have and barter with others. Also bring any coupons for food that you get in the mail or from the newspaper, we’ll pass them on to the food bank, who can make good use of them.
For more information, go to: http://www.sustainableburien.org.
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