Rayonier mill off-site soil sampling meetings slated

PORT ANGELES — The public will have two opportunities next week to learn more about the off-site Rayonier soil sampling that is part of cleaning up the former mill site, along with the entire Port Angeles Harbor.

Boht will be next Wednesday, July 9, at the Olympic Medical Center, 939 Caroline St., Port Angeles.

The first is a technical workshop led by the expert the state Department of Ecology has hired to design the soil sampling plan.

It is scheduled from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Wendel Room at OMC.

The second opportunity, geared more to the general public, will include an open house, with Ecology staff giving a presentation and answering questions.

It is scheduled from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Linkletter Hall.

The presentation is set for 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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

In January, the project was transferred from Ecology’s solid waste section to its toxics cleanup section and given additional funding and personnel as part of Gov. Chris Gregoire’s directive to clean up Puget Sound by 2020.

Ecology expanded its scope beyond cleaning up the dioxins, PCBs and other toxins generated during the site’s 68 years as a mill — now dismantled — that transformed wood to pulp.

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