Photo courtesy Meg Bommarito, Department of Ecology
Photo courtesy Larry Dunn, Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe
The marine portion of the study area
includes the marine waters and sediments off the shore of the mill
Marine Data Summary Report
Ecology has released the public review draft Marine Data Summary Report
(also called Volume II). The report summarizes data that Rayonier collected
about contamination in the marine part of the Study Area. It includes data
from earlier studies, such as Ecology’s
Port Angeles Harbor Sediments Investigation (completed in 2012).
Ecology is not holding a public comment period on the report now.
We will hold a comment period in 2015. The comment period will also
include the upland data summary report and
Rayonier’s analysis of cleanup options.
You can address questions about the report to site manager Marian
Past investigations have found wood debris,
biphenyls, and other contamination on the sea floor. In 2002,
Ecology and Rayonier signed an Agreed Order (legal agreement) which
directed Rayonier to conduct a more extensive investigation of this
contamination. Samples were taken from sediments and from marine life,
including flatfish, crab, and clams.