An environmental anthropology study to find out what has happened to those that have lived in the Des Moines/Federal Way area during the time Asarco was operational from 1950-1985.
The area west of Pacific Highway South to the Puget Sound has been effected by hazardous materials that exist in the ground and it's streams and lakes from various causes ranging from Asarco, hazardous material dump sites of the past, landfills, and being in the immediate flight path of those who live in the south runway approach to Seattle Tacoma International Airport.
While research is being focused by another group to study the impacts of living in the area whose airspace is used for commercial aircraft purposes, this website focuses on the past sites where hazardous materials were stored at a time when most of the effected was considered rural and unincorporated with very little input from the local community as to it's management as well as the impact from one of the largest EPA Superfund cleanup projects in the country (at the time).
While the area is a major influence to the urbanization of both the cities of Seattle and Tacoma, most of the lead and arsenic still is in the ground today and it's toxic affects have only been brought into the light over the past ten years.
Tim Babcock has lived in the Des Moines/Federal Way area from 1968-2007.
During the time, Tim spent Kindergarten through 6th grade attending Parkside Elementary School when the Asarco plant was operational living in the emissions area on 15th Avenue South until the plant was shut down.
While attending college at Oregon State University, Tim took an environmental anthropology class studying the effects of residents that lived in Libby Montana where asbestos production was being mined for the creation of vermiculite (used for potting soil and the packaging of liquid based hazardous materials) and insulation that was used for many home and commercial purposes including the World Trade Center towers.
Part of the class studies was discovering the area affected from Asarco and it's large 300ft tall smoke stack with it's emission travelling across the Puget Sound and into the Zenith, Saltwater, Salt Aire, and Parkside neighborhoods of Des Moines.
Most of my career and education has been sent in scientific and commercial data operations creating and administering database applications and servers to collect data for various studies and purposes.
Bachelors degree in Business Administration (Leadership and Organizational emphasis) Eastern Oregon University, 2015
Associates degree (Business Administration) Linn-Benton Community College, 2014
Minor in Business and Entrepreneurship Oregon State University, 2014
Associates degree (Oregon Transfer) with an emphasis in computer sciences from Linn-Benton Community College (Java, Oracle databases, Assembler, and C), 2012
Associates degree ITT Technical Institute (Seattle, Washington) Business Applications and Information Systems, 1988