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 our soils. These pollutants settled into the upper layers of the dirt and remain there today. We call this area the Tacoma Smelter Plume.
Arsenic and lead can cause adverse health effects, especially in children or other people with higher levels of exposure. Arsenic and lead may be in your soil, and you can protect your family by learning about and practicing “Healthy Actions.”