- Associated Press - Thursday, August 13, 2015

NORTHPORT, Wash. (AP) - Teck Metals Limited and Teck American Incorporated have reached a deal with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to begin removing lead and other pollution in the Northport area of northeast Washington.

Teck will excavate and replace soil on 14 residential properties and one tribal property.

The EPA announced the agreement on Thursday.

The cleanup action is expected to begin this month and finish by the end of October.

The cleanups were triggered by two studies, first by the Washington Department of Ecology in 2012 and a second performed by EPA in 2014.

The work is part of a larger effort to remove mining pollution near the Columbia River in northeast Washington.

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