The Citizens for a Clean Columbia (CCC), myself, and other Northport residents have been trying to get a well planned air monitoring study done in the area. The last air monitoring done in Northport was from 1993-1997. The results of these 4 air monitoring studies showed that levels of arsenic and cadmium exceeded the recommended health levels many times over. The EPA and Ecology were aware of this. Further testing was promised to continue, sponsored by Teck, and monitored by the WA State Dpt. of Ecology. No further air monitoring has taken place since 1997. So the air, known to be toxic in 1997, has been unchecked for the last 18 years.
It is absolutely necessary that a well planned air monitoring study in the area be conducted to determine if contamination is ongoing.
We need everyone to accomplish this!
A form letter has been created by Mindy at the CCC. All that would be required of you is to sign it and email it to the email/contact listed below. If you would like this form letter please email me at: email@example.com
Then, email the signed form letter to Laura Buelow, the EPA Project Manager of the RI/FS Study being conducted in Northport at: firstname.lastname@example.org
It will only take you a few minutes to complete this, but the impact the air monitoring could have on keeping current residents, and future generations of Northport residents healthy is invaluable.
These air monitoring tests done in the 1990’s were done on my Grandparents farm. I saw the results first hand, typed out along with the daily readings. The levels of arsenic and cadmium were astonishing. Risk level base for arsenic is 0.0023. The mid level base of arsenic found in our air was .03. The risk level base for cadmium is 0.0056. The mid level base of cadmium found in our air was .01.
Research what chronic exposure to arsenic and cadmium via air emissions will do to a human body. You will see a lot of similarities to all the clusters of health issues found in Northport residents.
Please just take a moment to complete the form letter.