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The transformation begins

Demolition has begun on several aging buildings at Plant 2 in Seattle. In conjunction with the demolition, Boeing is conducting environmental remediation work on the Duwamish Waterway. This effort will restore more than half a mile of waterway and establish a habitat for migratory fish.

Watch the video above to view the demolition underway and learn more about the cleanup.

Recently, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Washington State Department of Ecology released a study detailing 11 cleanup options for the waterway. All options reduce sediment contaminants by 90 percent, but range in time from 4 to 38 years, and cost between $210 million and $1.35 billion. Costs will be paid by local businesses, including Boeing, local governments and taxpayers.

Learn more and submit your comments by using this online comment form on the website of the Lower Duwamish Waterway Group, a government-business partnership that includes the City and Port of Seattle, King County and Boeing. Comments must be received by Dec. 23, 2010. Or attend an EPA public meeting on this topic. Meetings are set for Dec. 7, 2010, at Concord Elementary School at 723 S. Concord St. in Seattle, and Dec. 9, 2010, at South Seattle Community College, Georgetown Campus at 6737 Corson Ave. S. in Seattle.

Public input will be used by the EPA and Ecology to decide the best approach for cleaning up the Lower Duwamish Waterway—the heart of Seattle’s manufacturing corridor and home to more than 100,000 jobs.