Tacoma Smelter Plume: New Outreach in Spanish

Siempre quitese los zapatos en la puerta

*Blog en Español*

Ecology launched new Spanish language outreach in Federal Way, last month. In partnership with Public Health Seattle King County and the Latino Community Fund we developed a Facebook advertisement post for the Dirt Alert Program pictured at right.

Based on community feedback, we focused on taking off your shoes. This is an easy way to reduce the risk from arsenic and lead that may be in the dirt that is tracked into your home. The former ASARCO smelter left arsenic and lead in the soil in King, Pierce, and North Thurston counties (see map of affected area here, in English).

The Dirt Alert program has a website with a list of more Healthy Actions (in Spanish and English).  

We recommend:

Mopping a floor with soapy water.
washing child's toys in soapy water.
washing hands in soapy water

We also created a new page on www.DirtAlert.info (the Dirt Alert Partner website) in Spanish that gives people some basic information and links to more resources about the Dirt Alert program.  

This is not our first Dirt Alert outreach in Spanish. In 2014, Ecology translated several webpages about the Tacoma Smelter Plume into Spanish (see picture below) to reach the Spanish speaking community in the Plume.

Arsenico y plomo en el suelo

Ecology's Spanish-language dirt alert webpage.

For more information: Visit www.DirtAlert.info

Email: preguntas@ecy.wa.gov

Call: Latino Community Fund - 206.397.2440

Additional links to Spanish resources: