Pasco landfill clean-up - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

Pasco landfill clean-up

Posted: Updated:

PASCO, Wash.— Toxic waste has been sitting underground in Pasco for the past 40 years.  Now the Department of Ecology is making plans to clean-up the sanitary landfill.

The site has more than 30,000 drums of chemical waste.  The toxic waste is now leaking through to the soil.  Department of Ecology has known about the problem since 1990 and is now coming up with a plan.

There are two parts:

  1. Upgrade the existing extraction system.  This system captures chemicals before they go into the soil.
  2. Build a protective cap and replace the old one.

The Department of Ecology says neighbors are not affect by the site.  People get their water from the City of Pasco.

Now they want your comments.  What are you concerns?  Do you agree with the plan?  Here's how to send it:

Chuck Gruenenfelder
WA Department of Ecology

4601 N. Monroe St.Spokane, WA 99205-1295
Phone: (509) 329-3546

You have until August 10th