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Associate Professor Jim Gawel Quoted by the News Tribune on Tacoma’s Asarco Smelter

Asarco Smokestack in Ruston shown in September 1935.  Photo courtesy of the News Tribune.

Asarco Smokestack in Ruston shown in September 1935. Photo courtesy of the News Tribune.

Dr. Jim Gawel was quoted by the News Tribune on November 7, 2015.  The article is titled “Three decades after the Asarco smelter shutdown, its toxic legacy surprises Tacoma newcomers” and was written by Derrick Nunnally.

The article mentions a paper by Dr. Gawel from 2013 and states

“An analysis published in an academic journal in 2013, however, found that the same pollutants have hung around the area’s freshwater basins in worrisome amounts. Sediment samples from 26 lakes within 20 miles of the smelter’s smokestack found “significantly elevated” amounts of arsenic and lead in 10 of the 12 lakes downwind of the smelter, but only in a few of the upwind lakes.”

To read this News Tribune article in full, please click HERE.