The McKinley mill in Port Angeles will begin a steam blow process Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, to clean out the steam piping prior to starting production. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News file)

The McKinley mill in Port Angeles will begin a steam blow process Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, to clean out the steam piping prior to starting production. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News file)

McKinley mill to clear pipes before production

Process to begin today in Port Angeles

PORT ANGELES — The long-shuttered mill on Ediz Hook begins to come back to life today.

The McKinley Paper Company, which purchased the mill in March 2017, has announced that on Monday it will begin a steam blow process to clean out the steam piping prior to starting production.

The six-day process is expected to make a distinctive noise between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. each day.

Startup also will include checking refractory curing, operational testing at design capacity, and environmental compliance tests.

“The startup phase may also result in some short-term periods of additional steam and/or air emissions due to the complexity of the startup process,” the company said in an advertisement on Page A3 in Friday’s PDN.

The firm said the process will be conducted under permit guidelines and in cooperation with the Olympic Region Clean Air Agency.

In November, the company said it planned to reopen the mill in mid January.

Once operating, the mill is expected to employ about 100 people.

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