Department of Ecology News Release - May 21, 2015

Port Gamble Bay cleanup starts soon
Meeting on May 27 focuses on work at key Puget Sound Initiative site

PORT GAMBLE – A major cleanup project that starts this summer will dig up and remove decades-old contaminated sediments and other materials from Port Gamble Bay’s waters.

Local residents are invited to a May 27 meeting at Hood Canal Pavilion, 4740 NE View Drive, in Port Gamble to talk with Washington Department of Ecology staff about the project. Preliminary work is expected to start in June with cleanup work slated to begin in July. The project is expected to last about two years.

For more than 140 years, the now-defunct Pope & Talbot Inc. used the site to manufacture wood products. Pope Resources, created in 1985 as an independent company from Pope & Talbot, took ownership of the mill site at that time. Pope Resources leased the facility to Pope & Talbot until the mill shut down in 1995.

Since then, the property has been used for sorting and chipping logs, and for materials handling. Historical activities at the site contaminated the mill site and in-water sediments with creosote, dioxin and wood waste.

Pope Resources will lead the cleanup effort under Ecology’s oversight. The in-water work will remove:

Port Gamble Bay is one of seven priority bays identified for cleanup under Puget Sound Initiative. That’s an effort by governments; tribes; business, agricultural and environmental communities; scientists, and the public to restore and protect the Sound’s health.

Meeting information

When: 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 27. An open house will start at 4:30 p.m., followed by a presentation and discussion that start at 6 p.m.
Where: Hood Canal Pavilion, 4740 NE View Drive, Port Gamble.
More information: Get directions and learn more about the cleanup.

Contacts:

Seth Preston, communications, 360-407-6848, @ecologyWA