Healthy Bay.
Healthy Community.
Healthy Future.

CHB extends a heartfelt thanks for everyone who supported our Cheers to a Healthy Bay benefit auction. It was an amazing evening, and your presence and contributions made it truly special.

Thanks to your generosity, we successfully hit our fundraising goal. This achievement is a testament to our collective commitment to preserving and protecting the health of our beautiful bay and our community. The evening was a beautiful celebration of our shared dedication and the impactful work of CHB.

All documents can be found on Ecology’s Occidental Chemical Site Documents webpage, which also includes:

CHB will help notify the public of any upcoming meetings. So far, the only scheduled hearing is:

  • March 6th 2024, 4:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Public Notice: Occidental Chemical Superfund Site Public Comment Period

The Washington State Department of Ecology has just released several documents for public review and comment regarding the Occidental Chemical Superfund site in Tacoma, WA. This site (Oxy Chem) has been on the federal Superfund list since the 1980s and has been awaiting significant cleanup for many years. As Communities for a Healthy Bay (CHB) works to review these documents and offer substantive comments, we encourage community members and those living nearby to voice their support for a cleanup plan that prioritizes human and environmental health rather than the overall cost to the company responsible for the pollution in the first place. You can find our previous work on ensuring a robust cleanup plan for this site on CHB’s Occidental Chemical webpage.

This public comment period runs from December 18th 2023 – March 29th 2024, 11:59 a.m. and addresses the following documents:

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What We Do

Bay Patrol

As the only environmental organization with a patrol vessel in the South Sound, Communities for a Healthy Bay has a unique ability to quickly identify and tackle pollution that would otherwise go unnoticed or unchecked. Bay Patrol is supported by contracts with the City of Tacoma and works closely with the Department of Ecology, the United States Coast Guard, and other state & local agencies. 

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Superfund Cleanups

The very core of our work is mobilizing the community to push for the effective cleanup of toxic contamination in and around Commencement Bay. While there is no doubt the bay is cleaner today than ever before, there is still much work to be done.

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Climate Change

Climate change isn’t just a fact, it’s the reality we are facing today. To stop it, we need to drastically reduce the amount of pollution we create. That’s why we’re working to place a temporary freeze on future fossil fuel facilities and expansions in the Tacoma Tideflats.

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To achieve a cleaner future, we’re working closely with local classrooms to empower the next generation of environmental stewards through youth education efforts like our Student Stewards Conservation Program.

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Science Based Organization

Communities for a Healthy Bay engages people

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News Updates

June 26, 2024

Community Alert – City of Tacoma Charter Review

Review our factsheet for the 2024 City of Tacoma Charter Review currently underway. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT ACCOUNTABLETACOMA@PROTONMAIL.COM

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June 26, 2024

My Body My Strength 3-Day Camp

Register today to attend our upcoming EJC.

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June 26, 2024

Community Alert – Darling Ingredients Update

On June 6, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency (PSCAA) posted their Final Order of Approval and responses to public comments on the reconstruction of the Darling rendering facility in the Tacoma Tideflats. Comments submitted by CHB and others led to several clarifications within...

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