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Cleaning up in South Seattle





What did it take to get this auto dismantling business to stop storing hundreds of gallons of hazardous wastes outside with no protection from the elements?

Stepping onto this site you wouldn’t know from the dark stains of automotive fluids on the property, the potential fire hazard of the 500 gallons of used oil that was stored near an electrical panel and the storm water that ran off the property onto neighboring sites, that nine different environmental and health agencies had separately visited this site to give technical, non-enforcement help.

Despite the best efforts of various agencies, the business owner continued to ignore their advice.

Fortunately, this story has a happy ending. The numerous agencies started coordinating with each other through the Interagency Compliance Team (ICT). ICT works with the various agencies to develop a strategy and then starts implementing interventions. In this case, the Seattle Fire Department, Seattle Public Utilities and OSHA issued citations; Public Health – Seattle & King County issued a Notice of Violation and Notice and Order to the property owner.

The result? Nine hundred gallons of hazardous waste were removed from the property.  The business owner stopped operating his business and cleaned up the property. Storm water pollution and environmental impacts to neighboring properties also stopped as did the continued chemical exposures to the community and the environment from the property.

Under the umbrella of ICT, representatives from nine agencies coordinated with the business and the property owner to get the site cleaned up: the Washington State Patrol, Seattle Fire, King County Storm Water, King County Industrial Waste, Department of Ecology, Public Health – Seattle & King County, Seattle Public Utilities, Department of Ecology, Division of Occupational Safety & Health (OSHA), and the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County.

Thanks to these agencies for working together to keep businesses on track so we can all breathe easier.

Join us for video celebration of Everyday Actions at Work in Our Community

Join us tonight to watch videos that youth have created, discovering new skills as they tell their stories and sharing what they have learned.

6:30-8:30,  New Holly Gathering Hall at 7054 32nd Ave South, Seattle WA 98118

In August 2011, six organizations came together to explore what we could do to help communities thrive.  Since that time, we have worked with over 180 youth in the Seattle/King County area to learn about how our food is grown and what is in the beauty products we use so that we can make informed and healthy choices.  Together, we have created 16 videos and other engagement activities that help us tell this story.  Watch them at www.seattle.gov/util/aboutus/spuandthecommunity/environmental_justice/multimediaproject/.

Please join us as we celebrate the youth and the work they have done to make this a healthy place for all of us.

Event Highlights:

–              Video Showcase

–              Outreach & Engagement Activities

–              Information & Resources

–              Food & Fun

Who Are We:

Environmental Justice Network In Action (EJNA) – St. Mary’s Parish and Food Bank – Interim Wild Youth Program – Aki Kurose Middle School – Reel Grrls – Seattle Public Utilities – Local Hazardous Waste Management Program

Red carrpet entrance to summer 2012

  Red carrpet entrance, summer 2012

Student videographer introductions

Student videographer introductions