Officials have extended the public comment period for a proposed cleanup of minor radiological contamination at Magnuson Park, state Rep. Gerry Pollet announced Wednesday afternoon.
The U.S. Navy and state Department of Ecology will now take comments until July 26 and will hold a question-and-session session next month, Pollet wrote in a news release.
Pollet, D-Seattle, has been pushing for more scrutiny of the $9 million cleanup, which is in response to contamination discovered near the Arena Sports gym in 2009 but not disclosed to the publicly until recently.
Federal, state and local officials have said they did not warn the public because the contamination did not threaten the public as long as nobody entered a fenced-off area. Nonetheless, they’re planning to take care of the contamination for good later this year.
Pollet, however, thinks the officials’ plan would leave too much contamination in the soil.
“Extending the comments period and holding a proper public meeting is a promising development that allows more time for park users and local residents to get their questions answered and make their concerns known,” the second-term lawmaker said. “But the Navy, the Department of Ecology, and Seattle Parks must not stop there. The failure to provide a review for residents to consider of health impacts from the contamination which the Navy proposes to leave behind is just one of many shortcomings of this project that still need to be addressed.”