RR Anderson, DIY Cultural Arts Specialist

Aug. 2, 2012 at 12:29pm

TACOMA DIRT ALERT: Walmart builders filling our streets with TOXIC DUST & SPIRITUAL DEATH!

RR Rides Again

This day, let us focus on the buggy washing station

washing station appears to be broken. note build up of nasty dirt on City of Tacoma right of way.  ALSO NOTE, since my first bike ride the shortcut around the washing station as been blocked off. note ditch, cones and sign.

interesting! a fully loaded double dumper, caked with toxic tacoma dirt passing through washing station dry as a bone.

DIRT ALERT! Well this water truck as seen better days. Doesn't look like it has been active for awhile. Wonder how they're spraying down the uncovered dirt piles and roads?

Fixing the broken washing station. Had a chat with one of the City of Tacoma Environmental inspectors. Asked him if he needed pictures of a dirty dump truck passing through the broken washing station. "If they're trying to fix it.." he shrugged.

The Legacy of the Tacoma Elks Lodge no. 174 reminds me of "OPERATION CAST LEAD"

One loop around the Walmart site, a couple of workers on their knees in a ditch asked me if I was being paid to protest. NOPE, I live over there. I said. They asked me why I was against walmart. Low low wages I said. I then asked them if they were familiar with the history of Tacoma... in particular the 100 years of lead and arsenic poisoning from the Point Ruston copper smelter. All the smugness washed from their faces into an expression of fear and concern. I continued. This property is just outside the toxic plume clean up boundary, so your bosses might not have given you any warning about this dirt... pointing to their soiled clothes. Nobody here is wearing a respirator. I say... and if you have kids, don't wash those clothes in the same load with kids clothes. One guy says to me... What about you? Do you wear a respirator in your yard? I had my soil tested. High levels of lead and arsenic. That's why I had it replaced with TAGRO. You see the lead and arsenic doesn't care about plume boundaries.. all this dirt is contaminated. Ask your bosses about it. Don't breath that shit!

Dirt Alert: Arsenic & Lead!

also improvement since last bike ride... the half-assed white tape over the WALMART has been replaced with plastic sign material. so now instead of "WALMART & CONSTRUCTION ENTRANCE ONLY" it says "__________ & CONSTRUCTION ENTRANCE ONLY"  I'd be embarrassed building a walmart too.  You can do better Sierra Construction


comments [11]  |  posted under activisim, central tacoma, construction, protest, super walmart, tacoma


by NineInchNachos on 8/2/2012 @ 1:02pm
Sierra Construction has a fun webcam on site (ever vigilant against Rudolf-the-Red/Hayduke characters?) but is not nearly as entertaining as my bicycle!

by low bar on 8/2/2012 @ 1:45pm
jeeeeeezus arsenic and lead in the playgrounds?? you know somewhere in china they're belching the same poison everywhere, all in the name of getting some green paper to flow through a f*cking cash register. Def not the smartest organisms in the universe. UFO sightings in eastern WA? I'm sure....probably picking out where their homes are going to be after we've all killed each other..

by Jake on 8/2/2012 @ 7:41pm
Noticed in some of your pics that the right-of-way is really overgrown. Also with the fences up, blocking part of the sidewalk, is that ADA compliant? TacomaServices.org

by NineInchNachos on 8/2/2012 @ 7:51pm
the fence is really a mess.  Probably a budget fence.  not locked together or anything.. some juvenile delinquent could just lift it on the posts and vandalize all that equipment under cover of darkness... completely irresponsible if you ask me.

their earth movers look 60 years old.  they were being 'boosted' out of steep grades by a giant bulldozer too.  Using antique equipment, maybe they don't have to meet emissions standards? 

by NineInchNachos on 8/2/2012 @ 7:54pm
another funny story. 

soon after the duster video, a white SUV drove into the site, picking the wrong entry way... he almost got stuck trying to drive into the tire wash...  All those big rocks designed for dirt to fall into poked up and tore the plastic bumper off the front as he was backing up.  other workers were laughing at him. 

by low bar on 9/14/2012 @ 11:46am
safe guard your benjamins from non-union environments. 


by low bar on 9/14/2012 @ 3:59pm
the people will unionize 


by NineInchNachos on 9/14/2012 @ 4:16pm

by JesseHillFan on 9/15/2012 @ 8:43pm
A Walmart type Bicycle Flag for NiN (RR). Ha HARR could get this and modify it for his purpose (crusade)

by NineInchNachos on 9/15/2012 @ 8:55pm
i'll stick with my 'tacoma united against walmart' sign.

I'm ready to ride again.  all traces of the old elks lodge have been swept away.

by low bar on 9/15/2012 @ 9:03pm
"I'm ready to ride again."

That's America. 


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