EPA is performing additional soil cleanup work at 15 properties within Northport during summer/fall 2022. This includes 14 residential properties and a common use area at the corner of 3rd Street & Columbia. This cleanup work is being done to address threats to people’s health from potential exposure to lead in their soil. This 2022 soil... Continue Reading →
Contamination in the Upper Columbia: Smelting and Its Impact to the Environment and Human Health
Brenden Murphy Western Washington University Overview At first, this project consisted of performing a profile of a smaller-scale metal smelter located in Northport, WA on the banks of the Columbia River. This would include the historical context of the smelter, the environmental contamination that occurred, and the cleanup of this old smelter location. Shortly after... Continue Reading →
Teck in its Tweens: An Update on 12 Years of Litigation Over The Canadian Smelter
Kelly T. Wood, Assistant Attorney General Just over the border from Northeast Washington, in the town of Trail, B.C., the Teck Metals (formerly Teck Cominco) smelter hovers over the Columbia River like a bird of prey. In 2002 and 2003, swimmer Christopher Swain swam the length of the Columbia—from its Canadian headwaters to the Pacific... Continue Reading →
Ecology Hopes to Renew Air Monitoring in Northport
Ecology continues to fight EPA, trying to protect Northport residents....
Northport community fights for air monitors as residents continue to be diagnosed with debilitating diseases
Northport residents demand EPA and/or Teck to install air monitoring based on Ecology’s current air monitoring study that found levels of arsenic and cadmium are still way above safety standards, and Residents continue to b diagnosed with debilitating diseases
Teck appeals $8.25 million U.S. court ruling
"For the better part of 20 years now, Teck has continued to fight liability and associated obligations at all levels for the century’s worth of industrial wastes Trail historically discharged directly to the Columbia River or from smoke stacks at the smelter complex. The litigation and multiple appeals continue in federal court."
Citizens for a Clean Columbia (CCC) Newsletter – January 2017
Citizens for a Clean Columbia (CCC) January 2017 Newsletter