Port Angeles council to hear Rayonier update

PORT ANGELES — The City Council will hear an update Tuesday on a community redevelopment project for property owned by Rayonier Inc.

The 75-acre site at 700 S. Ennis St. is the site of a former pulp mill, which was closed in 1997, that still has low levels of carcinogenic dioxins and other toxins generated over 68 years of mill operation.

The City Council’s work session will be part of its regular meeting set for 6 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall, 321 E. Fifth St.

It will focus on the council’s comments and questions about a report on phase one of the Rayonier community redevelopment project funded with a $50,000 grant from the state Department of Ecology.

Public comment won’t be taken during the work session.

The Rayonier property is in the eighth year of a toxic-waste cleanup project supervised by Ecology, Rayonier and the Lower Elwha Klallam tribe.

The phase one report, scheduled to be released in late March, will include potential redevelopment ideas for the property, as well as identifiable milestones.

The second phase, as yet unfunded, is intended to produce a practical cleanup and redevelopment plan as part of a broader harborwide strategy.

A third phase is expected to focus on a new harbor resource management plan.

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