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State agency seeks support for removing contaminated logs

February 21, 2019

SEATTLE (AP) — If the half-dozen people working with the Washington state Department of Natural Resources to clean up creosote pilings from Puget Sound worked non-stop every day, it would take 10 years for them to remove it all.

KING-TV reports the toxic pilings are a major challenge to salmon and killer whale recovery. Creosote was used decades ago to preserve wood but now it’s contaminating Puget Sound.

It kills salmon and forage fish and poisons marine mammals.

The Department of Natural Resources doesn’t have enough crew members to clean it all up fast enough. The agency’s budget request asks for $90 million for salmon habitat, and some of that will go toward adding a full-time crew to remove all the contaminated wood.

DNR currently removes five tons of creosote pilings every day.


Information from: KING-TV, http://www.king5.com/

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