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Department of Ecology News Release - September 3, 2014
ANACORTES – A former log-handling area is the latest site in Fidalgo Bay planned for cleanup under the Puget Sound Initiative.
The Washington Department of Ecology is asking the public to review and submit comments about a proposed legal agreement called an agreed order. The draft agreement outlines cleanup studies and work planned at the Anacortes Port Log Yard site by the Port of Anacortes, which owns the site.
The comment period runs from Sept. 8 through Oct. 7. Comments also are welcome on a draft public participation plan, which describes how the public can stay informed and participate in cleanup planning for the site.
The port used the waterfront site at 718 4th St. for log handling from the mid-1960s to about 2004. Operations included log rafting and transferring logs from water to upland sorting and handling areas on the port’s Pier 2. From 1978 to 1979, a company leased the area for similar uses.
After the facility closed in 2004, the port assessed potential environmental impacts from decades of log-handling activities. The investigation found wood debris in sediments above levels considered healthy for marine animals. Investigations from 2008 to 2010 showed the site may contain dioxins and furans above human health risk standards.
Ecology’s Toxics Cleanup Program has worked with the port, private landowners, tribes, and stakeholders on a number of significant cleanup sites in Anacortes, including the former Scott Paper mill, the former Custom Plywood mill and Cap Sante Marine.
Seth Preston, communications, 360-407-6848, @ecologyWA
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