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Makah site may be added to Superfund list

May 22nd, 2013 - 6:27am

(Washington, D.C) -- The federal government is proposing adding a north Olympic Peninsula site to its Superfund list.

The Environmental Protection Agency says the Warmhouse Beach dump, on the Makah Reservation, in Neah Bay should go on the list.

The proposed cleanup listing includes a public comment period from tomorrow through July 23, 2013.

EPA officials say adding the Warmhouse Beach dump will help protect the Makah Tribe's treaty resources and the environment along the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Makah tribal officials say they welcome the effort to clean up the dump, calling it their highest environmental priority. The tribe petitioned to have the site included.

The Warmhouse Beach dump was a 7-acre municipal and hazardous waste dump used in the 1970s-1980s by the Makah Air Force Station and by tribal and non-tribal members until the dump was closed in 2012.

Various contaminants have been found there, and mussels at the nearby beaches have shown elevated levels of lead.

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