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Port Angeles Harbor Sediments Study

Port Angeles Shoreline

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. 

Final Port Angeles Harbor Sediment Study Reports

The sediment investigation found two major sources of contamination in Port Angeles Harbor—in the inner (western) harbor and near the former Rayonier Mill.  Two reports detail the results of the investigation:

  • The Sediment Investigation Report describes the sampling data from Port Angeles Harbor.
  • The Supplemental Data Evaluation analyzes the data and recommends next steps.

Ecology finalized the reports in January 2013. See page 5 of the responsiveness summary for changes we made to the reports based on comments we received about the draft reports. 

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.

2008 Study Design Information

Documents can also be found at repository locations (listed at right). 

April 28 – May 29, 2008 Public Comment Period

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 draft 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  for an appointment.