Duwamish Residents Face Health Threat As EPA Chooses Superfund Cleanup

"The residents of south Seattle's 98108 ZIP code, some living cheek-by-jowl with the Duwamish River Superfund site, face a high degree of environmental health threats and are likely to live sicker and die younger than residents of other Seattle neighborhoods, says a new report by two nonprofit groups."

"Researchers studied 10 representative Seattle ZIP codes and analyzed data to assign each a "cumulative health impact score" that considers pollution threats as well as socioeconomic and other factors. 98108 had the worst score of the ZIP codes studied, says the report by the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition/Technical Advisory Group and Just Health Action.

The report admits that by focusing at the ZIP code level, the analysis may obscure even more worrisome threats affecting specific neighborhoods within the area, especially South Park and Georgetown."

Robert McClure reports for Investigate West March 28, 2013.

Source: Investigate West, 03/28/2013