The Daily Mash-Up

Thursday, May 26, 2016 This Week's Paper
Tacoma Water finds lead in water

The recent issues in Flint, Michigan have sharpened the focus on lead in drinking water across the country and prompted Tacoma Water to re-examine any remaining lead materials that may still have in the system.

To do this, utility crews proactively identified potential locations of lead goosenecks at four customers’ homes. Goosenecks are short sections of lead pipe (1’ to 2’ long) that were used in the early 1900s to connect some services lines to customer homes to the supplying water main. 

As part of a service pipe replacement, Tacoma Water conducted special sampling… Read More

Arkema remediation work tops Thursday’s Port agenda

 At their Thursday meeting, Port of Tacoma commissioners are expected to consider a request to complete remediation work on a Port property.

The Port purchased the former Arkema site in 2007 and removed a containment mound to remediate Asarco slag because it was incompatible with redevelopment. The Port has since removed remnant soil contamination. To implement the Cleanup Action Plan and move to long-term monitoring, the Port must enter into an Agreed Order with the Washington State Department of Ecology.

Commissioners will also consider approving labor agreements with terminal… Read More

New report shows visitor spending, $630 million, supports over 6,300 jobs in the State

A new National Park Service report shows that 7,674,513 visitors to national parks in Washington spent $470 million in the state in 2015. That spending resulted in 6,364 jobs and had a cumulative benefit to the state economy of $631 million.

“The national parks of Washington attract visitors from across the country and around the world,” said Pacific West Regional Director Laura Joss. “Whether they are out for an afternoon, a school field trip, or a month-long family vacation, visitors come to have a great experience, and end up spending a little money along the way.  This… Read More

UBER, Traffic Safety Task Force Team Up to get Pierce County Home Safe

If you're headed out for a night on the town with friends this Saturday in Pierce County, consider swapping the car keys for a smartphone and getting a free ride home with Uber instead. The Pierce County DUI and Traffic Safety Task Force is partnering with the popular ride-hailing app, Uber, to help fun seekers get to and from bars safely and reliably at the push of a button.

With Uber, people can request a ride wherever they are and be picked up within minutes. Beginning this Friday and through the end of 2016, Pierce County residents and visitors planning an evening out with alcohol… Read More

Northwest Innovation Works terminates lease with Port of Tacoma

After 24 months of studying the feasibility of developing a methanol plant on the former Kaiser smelter site, Northwest Innovation Works has exercised its option to terminate the lease, effective immediately.

The lease allowed NWIW to either terminate the lease during the remainder of the feasibility period, which runs through April 30, or enter the construction period of the lease. The lease’s construction period would have required the company to increase its lease payments.

The April 25 special Port of Tacoma Commission meeting to consider an extension to the lease’s feasibility… Read More

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