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Port Angeles Harbor Sediments Investigation

A PUGET SOUND INITIATIVE location – Reaching the goal of a healthy, sustainable Puget Sound now and forever

Photo:  Port Angeles Harbor with city in background
Photo courtesy Connie Groven, Department of Ecology

Port Angeles Harbor is one of seven Puget Sound bays being targeted by the Puget Sound Initiative.  Ecology used special funding from the Puget Sound Initiative to investigate sediment pollution and develop a strategy for cleaning up the harbor. 

North Olympic Peninsula Regional Background Study

The sampling and analysis plan for establishing regional background for sediment in the north Olympic Peninsula is now available.  

Port Angeles Harbor Sediment Study Reports

The final Port Angeles Harbor sediment investigation reports are now available here. You can all find the study design documents here.

Port Angeles Harbor Sediment Dioxin Source Study

This study details the potential sources and locations of the different types of dioxins found in Port Angeles Harbor.

Port Angeles Harbor Preliminary Sediment Cleanup Objectives

The Port Angeles Harbor preliminary sediment cleanup objectives will help Ecology set cleanup levels for harbor sediments. A liable person must address contamination at levels that are higher than the cleanup level.

Port Angeles Harbor Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA)

The NRDA process evaluates injuries to natural resources resulting from releases of oil and other hazardous substances. It also determines what activities will restore, replace, or acquire the equivalent of the natural resources injured.

Next Steps

Rayonier will use some of the data from the harbor sediments investigation for the Rayonier Mill cleanup site.  Rayonier’s reports on the marine portion of the Rayonier Mill study area will be due in March 2013.

Based on the sediment investigation results, Ecology has identified the Western Port Angeles Harbor site.  Ecology is working with the potentially liable parties (PLPs) for that site on next steps.

Related Sites

Additional Resources

Acronyms used by the Toxic Cleanup Program
Cleanup Process: Major Steps & Definitions

Data Submittal Requirements for All Cleanup Sites

Facility/Site Database

Toxics Cleanup publications


Photo: Orca


North Olympic Peninsula regional background study sampling and analysis plan now available.


Port Angeles, Clallam County

map showing site location as Clallam County, WA


Project Manager
Connie Groven

Public Involvement Coordinator
Megan MacClellan

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Repository Locations:

Port Angeles Library
2210 South Peabody Street
Port Angeles, WA 98362

Washington State Department of Ecology
Southwest Regional Office

300 Desmond Drive
Lacey, WA 98516

Please call Susan Baxter
at (360) 407-6365
or e-mail susan.baxter@ecy.wa.gov  for an appointment.