2014 CPEO Brownfields List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Mon, 11 Aug 2014 14:25:32 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-brownfields
Subject: [CPEO-BIF] Boeing TCE plume, Auburn, Washington
Grant to help City study impact of chemical plume

Auburn Reporter (WA)
August 10, 2014

The City of Auburn recently accepted a $186,000 grant from the Washington State Department of Ecology to study a toxic chemical plume originating at a site operated by The Boeing Co.

The offending chemical, TCE, also known as trichloroethylene, is a chlorinated hydrocarbon commonly used as an industrial solvent. Boeing used it in the 1960s, '70s and '80s to degrease and clean airplane parts. TCEs are known to be carcinogenic.

"The plume is migrating toward Auburn, and the grant allows the City to study how fast it's moving and the best ways to mitigate it," said Councilmember John Holman. "The good news is we've got a state department stepping up to help study it."


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Lenny Siegel
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