The former ASARCO copper smelter in Ruston, WA operated for almost 100 years. The smelter’s smokestack sent pollution (arsenic, lead, and other metals) throughout the Puget Sound region, which landed on the soil. These pollutants settled into the upper layers of the dirt and remain there today. We call the impacted area the Tacoma Smelter Plume.
Arsenic and lead can cause health problems, especially in children or other people with higher levels of exposure. You can protect your family by learning about and practicing “Healthy Actions.”