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Yakima hopes to partner with Dept. of Ecology for mill site cleanup

Yakima hopes to partner with Dept. of Ecology for mill site cleanup
YAKIMA, Wash. -- Yakima might get help paying for the environmental cleanup at the old Cascade mill site. It's coming from the Department of Ecology.

The city plans to partner with Ecology by applying for the Voluntary Cleanup Program. It gives the department a say in the type of cleanup that would be done, but Ecology would cover up to 90 percent of the cost, which could reach $20 million.

"Part of our funding is split 50/50," said Valerie Bound, Department of Ecology Section Manager. "Essentially 50 percent goes to local governments and 50 percent comes to the state, so we really feel like it's their money, they're tapped into that 50 percent. So if they have a contaminated site, we absolutely want to help them address it."

The Department of Ecology expects this to happen. Work could start in winter of next year.
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