Community Meetings

Webinar: "How Do Our Hazardous Waste Site Cleanups Compare?" by Dr. Peter L. deFur

On November 19, 2014 the UW-SRP Research Translation Core assisted regional community partners by hosting and recording a special presentation by Dr. Peter L. deFur, President of Environmental Stewardship Concepts based in Henrico, Virgina. Dr. deFur's presentation provided a comparison of hazardous site cleanups he has worked on in Region 10 US EPA. These included Washington state's Rayonier Port Angeles Harbor site on the Olympic Pennisula, the Lower Duwamish Waterway in Seattle, as well as the Portland Harbor in Oregon.

Dr. deFur covered the contaminants at each site, compared cleanup options between the three sites, described alternative cleanup methods available that can be used on particular contaminants and compared agency support of the citizen groups at the different sites.

Dr. deFur's trip was made possible by 'Futurewise' and the 'Olympic Environmental Council' as part of Washingon state's Department of Ecology Public Participation Grants. The webinar was hosted by the University of Washington Superfund Research Program.

Public meetings related to Lower Duwamish Waterway Superfund Site Cleanup Public Comment Meetings

The Lower Duwamish Waterway Superfund Site is a five-mile stretch of the Duwamish River that flows into Elliott Bay. The public comment period for the EPA cleanup plan is open until June 13th, 2013. Additional details can be found on the EPA Region 10 and Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition (DRCC) websites to learn about the cleanup plan or planned public meetings in May, 2013.

Duwamish River Superfund Cleanup Educational Forum

The Educational Forum was held at the Allen Library Research Commons at University of Washington, Seattle, WA on April 29th, 2013. Kelly Edwards, PhD, Professor of Bioethics and Humanities moderated the Educational Forum.

This event was hosted by University of Washington NIEHS-Center for Ecogenetics and Environmental Health (CEEH) and was supported in part by the NIEHS UW-Superfund Research Program. The recordings are divided into seven segments (Welcome, Introduction, and Presentations by: EPA, State Department of Ecology, the Lower Duwamish Waterway Group, DRCC/TAG and the Q&A).

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Duwamish Waterway Proposed Plan Public Meetings

US EPA Region 10 and Washington State Department of Ecology hosted the Proposed Plan Meetings and Comment Opportunities for Lower Duwamish Superfund Cleanup on April 30, 2013 in the Georgetown neighborhood of Seattle. Part 1 includes presentations by EPA, EPA Environmental Justice staff and the Washington Department of Ecology. Part 2 includes a presentation by Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition/Technical Advisory Group (DRCC/TAG ), and public comments. The deadline of the public comment is June 13, 2013. More details can be found at: or online submission at:

The video above is the 1st of 2 segments.

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