Northwest NEWS

January 10, 2000

Valley Special

Tolt Water Treatment Facility safety plan public meeting

   Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) will join King County Fire District 45 and Eastside Fire & Rescue to present information about the Risk Management Plan that was submitted to the federal Environmental Protection Agency under a recent provision of the Clean Air Act at a free public meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 19, 7-9 p.m. at the Carnation Fire Station, 3600 Tolt Ave. NE.

   Under the new provision, operators of facilities that use a variety of chemicals in excess of designated threshold amounts, including chlorine gas, must submit a Risk Management Plan that identifies hazards, assesses risk, and provides information to the government and the public about the stored chemical. SPU uses chlorine gas at its Tolt water treatment facility as part of ensuring a clean and safe water supply for the region.

   At the meeting, SPU environmental staff and treatment facility operators will discuss safety measures at the water treatment facility and results of the Offsite Consequence Analysis, which analyzes a "worst case" scenario, as well as alternatives cases, of a major chlorine accident or incident.

   Residents who live or work near the Tolt are encouraged to attend this public meeting to learn about the treatment facility, safety measures, and federal planning and reporting requirements. For more information about the meeting or the Risk Management Plan, please call John Labadie, Seattle Public Utilities at 206-684-8311.

   SPU provides drinking water for 1.3 million people in Seattle and the nearby suburbs and manages the sewer and drainage systems as well as garbage collection and recycling within the city.