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Gene Daniels – Image Gallery

Via: First Time User


Children play in yard of Ruston, Louisiana Washington home, while Tacoma Smelter stack showers area with arsenic and lead residue.

– August 1972


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Via: HistoryLin.org

The smokestack dated to 1917. Considered at the time an engineering gem, it was constructed of 2.5 million bricks, approximately 5,000 tons of mortar and stood 571 feet tall, making it then the largest smokestack in the world.  Earthquake damage in 1937 necessitated repairs and the stack was reduced to 562 feet in height.  Once a sign of prosperity, the stack had over the years become a symbol of environmental pollution.  Structurally it had become unsafe; many of its bricks were loose and in danger of falling. The smokestack had even attracted daredevils, from local youths to Greenpeace protestors.

The 67-acre ASARCO smelter site was listed as one of the country’s most polluted sites, primary contaminants being arsenic and lead. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) called for an eight-stage cleanup that included demolishing structures, excavating soil and slag from the most contaminated locations, disposing of the contaminates, plugging or removing surface water drainage, capping the project area, protecting the site from erosion, continuing monitoring impacts on groundwater and marine sediments and integrating cleanup with future land use plans.    

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