||Puget Sound Cooperative Colony builds a sawmill on the land that is
currently the Port Angeles Rayonier Mill site. The mill is abandoned by
||The United States Government builds a new sawmill on the site to mill spruce wood for aircraft.
||Olympic Forest Products purchases the property and develops it into a pulp mill.
||Rayonier purchases the mill and operates it until 1997.
||Rayonier closes the mill.
Individuals and several Washington environmental groups petition the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to investigate the mill site, the surrounding
area, and a waste disposal facility.
EPA conducts an extensive inspection and sampling effort to determine whether the site should become part of EPA’s
||Ecology and the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe sign an agreement giving the tribe an oversight role in the cleanup process.
||EPA announces it will defer placing the site on the Superfund list and allow it to be cleaned up under the State cleanup process (Model Toxics Control Act).
EPA, Ecology, and the Lower Elwha Tribe sign an agreement outlining the terms for the cleanup.
||Ecology and Rayonier enter into an Agreed Order to conduct a
Remedial Investigation for the
marine portion of the site.
||Ecology and Rayonier enter into a second Agreed Order to conduct a
Remedial Investigation and Feasibility Study for the
uplands portion of the site.
||Ecology’s Toxics Cleanup Program
takes over management of the cleanup and negotiates a new Agreed Order
to complete investigations and evaluate alternatives for interim action
in the Study Area.
Ecology begins the Port Angeles Harbor Sediments Investigation.
Ecology begins the Rayonier Mill Off-Property Soil Dioxin Study.
||Ecology releases preliminary results
from the Rayonier Mill Off-Property Soil Dioxin Study.
Ecology and Rayonier begin negotiations on an Agreed Order for a cleanup
plan for the Study Area.
||Rayonier and Ecology sign an
Agreed Order for a cleanup plan for the Study Area.
In August, Ecology approves
Rayonier’s work plan for sampling the upland part of the Study
||Rayonier completes soil and groundwater data collection for the
upland portion of the Study Area.
In August, Ecology drafts the
Rayonier Mill Off-Property Soil Dioxin Study.
||Ecology holds a public comment period for the Port Angeles Harbor
||The Upland Data Summary Report (Draft Interim Action Report Volume
I) is released for public review
||The Marine Data Summary Report (Draft Interim Action Report Volume
II) is released for public review