The emissions from one of the largest smoke stacks in country polluted most of the Tacoma metropolitan area, Vashon Island, Federal Way, Des Moines, and Normandy Park up until 1985 but most of the soil in neighborhoods has kept the same levels since the plant was shut down with very little resources to clean it up.
Washington State Department of Ecology Website
According to the National Institute of Environmental Health Services, 10 (possibility of even 5) Micro grams per deciliter can produce the following:
Decreases in hearing
Postnatal growth or height
In addition, arsenic can cause cancer.
Within the Des Moines area, those that lived in the North Hill/Normandy Park and those that lived in the city south of 240th Street, lived in an area that contained 50 micro grams per deciliter.
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