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Ecology wants public input on Budd Inlet dioxin

The Washington Department of Ecology is inviting public comment on a plan to study the extent of dioxin contamination in Olympia's Budd Inlet. The comment period begins April 5 and extends through May 15.

Elevated levels of dioxins were found in the inlet's sediments last year when the Port of Olympia was making plans to conduct dredging to widen and deepen the shipping channel. Although dioxin contamination was found throughout the inlet, the highest levels were recorded near stormwater outfall pipes and the Port's shipping berths.

Ecology will review the results from previous sampling along with the public comments received through May 15 to determine if more testing needs to be done. A written report of the results is anticipated by the end of June.

Dioxin is typically found around industrial sites, such as at the Cascade Pole site near the Port of Olympia.

The sampling and analysis plan can be reviewed at Ecology's offices in Lacey, the Timberland Olympia Library or by downloading from Ecology's website: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/tcp/sites/budd_inlet/budd_inlet_hp.htm Please note, a fact sheet mailed earlier this April contained an incorrect web address.

Written comments should be sent to Rebecca Lawson, Dept. of Ecology, PO Box 47775, Olympia, Washington, 98504-7775 or mailto:rlaw461@ecy.wa.gov

To learn more about the Governor's Puget Sound Initiative, visit http://www.ecy.wa.gov/puget_sound/index.html

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