Boeing Digs into Duwamish as Part of Wildlife Habitat Restoration

Fri Jan 11, 2013 4:00pm EST

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SEATTLE,  Jan. 11, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing [NYSE:BA] has begun dredging the
waterway near its former Plant 2 facility, a major step in the company's
commitment to restore natural habitat along the industrial Lower Duwamish
Waterway.

While the city of  Seattle,  King County, the Port of  Seattle, Boeing and many
other businesses along the waterway will be involved in the overall cleanup of
the Lower Duwamish, the Plant 2 work starts one of the five "early-action"
projects under the oversight of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

"Restoring the Duwamish Waterway is extremely important to the people,
environment and economy of the Puget Sound," said  Kim Smith, Boeing vice
president of Environment, Health and Safety. "Boeing remains committed to
reducing the environmental footprint of our products and operations, including
restoring sites affected by past business practices."

"The Duwamish is an important part of  Seattle's history and its cleanup
presents an opportunity to shape our future," added  Dennis McLerran, U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency Region 10 Administrator. "Boeing is an important
part of our community's history and future. With this early work, the company is
demonstrating what a good neighbor can do when it's committed to a community and
its people."

During the next three years, more than 200,000 cubic yards (152,000 cubic
meters) of sediment is expected to be removed and clean sand added as Boeing's
part of the project.  

More than a half-mile of industrial waterfront, which was developed during World
War II to ramp up production of military airplanes, will be restored to natural
shoreline.  This will create about 5 acres (2 hectares) of shoreline wildlife
habitat, particularly for juvenile salmon to adapt to living in salt water
before continuing their migration to the Pacific Ocean.

The Plant 2 project is expected to take nearly three years to complete. Work in
the water will be conducted through mid-February, and start again in early
August, when juvenile salmon are not migrating. To optimize the limited work
schedule, dredging will occur around the clock. Signs, buoys and other
navigational aids will be used to keep boats away from work zones.

According to the EPA, cleanup of the five early-action sites along the 5-mile
(8-kilometer) industrial waterway will reduce health risks by nearly 50 percent.
In early 2013, the EPA is expected to publish the proposed plan for cleaning up
the entire Lower Duwamish Waterway.

Contact:  
Candace Barron
Boeing Communications
+1 206-304-4137
candace.k.barron@boeing.com
More information:  www.boeing.com/duwamish

SOURCE  Boeing
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