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Master of Arts (MA)
Weir, Sara J.
Salazar, Debra J.
Melious, Jean O.
In the rural area of Whatcom County, Washington there is a naturally occurring asbestos site on the west side of Sumas Mountain. The asbestos laden-soil became airborne after a landslide occurred on the mountain causing asbestos-laden sediment to become loose and every year, one-hundred thousand cubic yards flows into the nearby Swift Creek. There are many stakeholders who are involved in developing mitigation policies. These include agency officials and elected representatives from a variety of levels of government and private property owners. This case study expands on the relationship between "less pressing" environmental issues and the types conditions that must be in place in order for solutions to be created by regulatory bodies. The case of Swift Creek is an example of a relatively rare environmental event that has huge potential for causing serious contamination for many people. Though this case is unique, these types of definitional debates are not.
Western Washington University
Swift Creek (Whatcom County, Wash.); Whatcom County (Wash.)
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Hook, Rebekah J., "Asbestos-laden soil: a case study analysis of Swift Creek" (2011). WWU Masters Thesis Collection. 136.