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April 1, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Toxic creosote debris work removal will close Puget Sound beach and lagoon

The state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and its partners will be removing an estimated 20 tons of creosote-treated wood debris between April 2 and 12 at Indian Island County Park in eastern Jefferson County.

For public safety reasons, the park will be closed from Tuesday, April 10 through Thursday, April 12 while a helicopter and heavy equipment remove the debris gathered by crews.

Creosote-treated wood debris contains hundreds of chemicals, including polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs).

When exposed to sunshine, PAHs and other chemicals become more toxic to the Puget Sound environment and are more likely to leach from the wood. These toxic chemicals can be harmful to marine species and their habitats and to people.

Project funding was provided by the state Department of Ecology and the state’s voter-approved tax on hazardous substances.

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