Harbor cleanup open house set Tuesday

PORT ANGELES — The state Department of Ecology will conduct a presentation and open house on its plans for sediment cleanup of the Western Port Angeles Harbor.

The gathering will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Linkletter Hall at Olympic Medical Center, 939 Caroline St., in Port Angeles.

A presentation and question-and-answer period is set for 7 p.m. Open houses, in which staff members will be available to speak one-on-one with those who attend, are planned from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. and from 8 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Public comment is being accepted now until March 16 on the draft Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study and draft amendment to Agreed Order DE 9781.

The study tells of contaminants from decades of industrial use — what they are, where they are and in what quantities — and proposes several cleanup options.

The amendment to the agreed order calls for potential liable persons (PLPs) to prepare a preliminary draft cleanup action plan. Such parties are the Port of Port Angeles, the City of Port Angeles, Georgia-Pacific LLC, Nippon Paper Industries USA Co. Ltd, and Merrill & Ring.

Comments can be made at http://tcp.ecology. commentinput.com/?id=v67Cd.

The documents can be reviewed at https://apps.ecology.wa.gov/gsp/site page.aspx?csid=11907.

The Western Port Angeles Harbor sediment cleanup area covers about 1,160 acres from the downtown commercial/industrial area to Ediz Hook.

Contaminates include metals such as mercury, cadmium and zinc; dioxins, PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) and carcinogenic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (cPAHs).

Cleanup options include excavating contaminated sediment and disposing it offsite or capping the contaminated material with sand, gravel or rock.

Ecology began its investigation of the western harbor in 2008. In 2013, it signed the agreed order with the PLPs.

Documents are available at the Port Angeles Library, 2210 S. Peabody St., and at the Department of Ecology in Lacey by appointment; call 360-407-6365.

For questions regarding the cleanup, contact the Cleanup Site Manager Connie Groven at 360-407-6254.

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