4/11/2017

Hold Occidental Chemical Corporation Accountable

Occidental Chemical Corporation contaminated the soil and groundwater of the Hylebos Waterway in Commencement Bay. Now, the company is pushing for a cheaper cleanup that would remove only 41% of the toxic pollution. From Citizens for a Healthy Bay: "Cleaning less than half of this dangerous contamination is unacceptable. Despite the fact that Occidental brought in a whopping $152 million in pre-tax profits during last quarter alone, the company is advocating for a cheap option instead of an effective one. We cannot afford to let polluters walk away from their mess. That’s why we need you to push for the strongest and quickest cleanup possible."

"The pollution is so bad, it actually dissolves rock into jelly."

Who to call: Kerry Graber, Washington State Department of Ecology,

    • Phone: 360-407-0241
    • Email: Kerry.graber@ecy.wa.gov
    • Write: Kerry Graber, Site Manager
      Washington State Department of Ecology
      PO Box 47775, Olympia, WA 98504-7775

More info: the state's current official cleanup plan; detailed analysis from Citizens for a Healthy Bay

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Hi, my name is _________, and I'm calling about the Occidental Chemical cleanup. I can give you an address or zip code if that is helpful (if they say yes, provide the address or zip code)

The proposed "solution", for Occidental to clean only 41% of the pollution they left is unacceptable. The company made $152 million in pre-tax profits during last quarter, and can afford to clean up the mess it left us. Occidental made this mess, and is responsible for cleaning it up. It is our job to make sure they do. I'm asking for a comprehensive cleanup, and for Occidental to be held accountable for their pollution.

The hundreds of thousands of pounds of cancer-causing chemicals will not only pollute the waters that we have worked so hard to clean up, but will make our people less healthy. Occidental should be paying for the toxic waste in dollars, not the people of Tacoma with their health.

Please don't accept the currently proposed solution, and demand a comprehensive cleanup, for our health and our water. Thank you.