2008 CPEO Brownfields List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lennysiegel@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 9 Jun 2008 21:17:20 -0700 (PDT)
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Subject: [CPEO-BIF] Point Ruston, Tacoma, Washington
Labor activists file lawsuit over Point Ruston project

Tacoma News Tribune (WA)
May 9, 2008

A group of nine plaintiffs, most with ties to the activist group Jobs with Justice, filed a lawsuit this week against the City of Tacoma and Point Ruston LLC, claiming errors in the environmental review and permit process for the planned $1 billion development of the former Asarco smelter site.

The plaintiffs want the court to overturn the first building permit for the project – recently issued by Tacoma - and require developer Mike Cohen and the city to "adequately address" issues listed in the appeal before granting Cohen permission to use the land as he plans.

In their petition for land use review, filed in Pierce County Superior Court, the plaintiffs refer to "toxic dust clouds wafting over private homes and commercial spaces, frequent and substantial spills of Asarco soils on public roadways, lack of appropriate worker safety equipment and water-trucks, potentially contaminating potable water supplies, and fallen silt fences" since Cohen began cleaning up the site in summer 2006.

Cohen said the work is being closely monitored by the federal Environmental Protection Agency, which he said has had no problems with it. He believes the lawsuit is retaliation for his refusal to sign a contract with Jobs with Justice. Washington State Jobs with Justice was founded in 1993 and works to improve the standard of living for working people, according to its Web site.


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Lenny Siegel
Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
a project of the Pacific Studies Center
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