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Port Angeles Rayonier Mill Site


Timeline

1887 Puget Sound Cooperative Colony builds a sawmill on the land that is currently the Port Angeles Rayonier Mill site. The mill is abandoned by 1893.
1917 The United States Government builds a new sawmill on the site to mill spruce wood for aircraft.
1929 Olympic Forest Products purchases the property and develops it into a pulp mill.
1930 Rayonier purchases the mill and operates it until 1997.
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 Superfund program.
1999 Ecology and the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe sign an agreement giving the tribe an oversight role in the cleanup process.
2000 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.
2002 Ecology and Rayonier enter into an Agreed Order to conduct a Remedial Investigation for the marine portion of the site.
2004 Ecology and Rayonier enter into a second Agreed Order to conduct a Remedial Investigation and Feasibility Study for the uplands portion of the site.
2007 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.
2008 Ecology begins the Port Angeles Harbor Sediments Investigation.

Ecology begins the Rayonier Mill Off-Property Soil Dioxin Study.
2009 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.
2010 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 Area.
2011 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.
2012 Ecology holds a public comment period for the Port Angeles Harbor Sediment Investigation
2013 The Upland Data Summary Report (Draft Interim Action Report Volume I) is released for public review
2014 The Marine Data Summary Report (Draft Interim Action Report Volume II) is released for public review