Old creosote-covered pilings being removed from Port Angeles Harbor

PORT ANGELES — An estimated 140 creosote-coated logs are being removed from Port Angeles Harbor at the end of Oak Street.

The A-frame dock on Ediz Hook also is being removed as part of the same project.

The log removal project, which will continue over the next four weeks, is part of Gov. Chris Gregoire’s Puget Sound Initiative.

“These creosote logs are dangerous and toxic, so the sooner we can get them out, the better,” said Jane Chavey, spokeswoman for the state Department of Natural Resources.

“These creosote logs break off and end up on beaches with kids climbing on them.

“They also end up in shipping lanes, and recreational boaters can’t see them,” she said.

The pilings at Oak Street once were part of a High Tide Seafoods building.

The A-frame dock was used by Rayonier Inc. to put logs into the water.

Once the A-frame dock is removed, DNR officials hope to find partners for Ediz Hook beach restoration, said Lisa Kaufman, restoration manager for the state agency.

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