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Subject:   Ecology Starting Statewide Dioxins Study
For Immediate Release:   
3/22/2011  9:14:00 AM
For More Information Contact:
Scott Thomsen  (206) 386-4233


Samples to be Gathered in Several Seattle Neighborhoods

SEATTLE — The Washington Department of Ecology will collect soil samples in several Seattle neighborhoods, starting the week of March 28, as part of a statewide study on dioxins and furans.

The City of Seattle is partnering with Ecology to take soil samples along public road right-of-ways, including planting strips. No sampling will be done on private property.

Seattle locations include South Park, Georgetown, Ravenna, Capitol Hill, West Seattle, Fremont and Ballard. The goal of the study is to determine the range and amount of dioxins in urban areas of Washington, including some areas in Seattle. Results will help environmental officials shape their strategies about clean-up levels for these chemicals.

For more information about the project, visit Ecology’s website at Department of Ecology Toxics Cleanup Program.

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