Site Cleanup Activities
The Port Angeles Rayonier Mill cleanup is a large and complex process. Rayonier and Ecology have agreed to move forward with cleanup of the Study Area-- a portion of the site that includes the former mill property and nearby marine areas. Cleaning up the Study Area may help return the property to productive use. However, Rayonier is still liable for investigating and cleaning up the entire site, which includes all areas contaminated by former mill operations.
Study Area Cleanup
In 2010, Rayonier and Ecology signed a legal
agreement--called an Agreed Order--for cleanup of the Study
Area. The Study Area includes the 75-acre former mill property
(upland) and approximately 1,300 acres of marine environment.
Past work included a marine (water and sediments) investigation and an uplands (soil and groundwater) investigation. There have also been several interim actions (partial cleanups). Rayonier and Ecology are using information from the past work to help plan for future cleanup. Rayonier has developed upland (Volume I) and marine (Volume II) data summary reports that summarize all the data Rayonier collected about contamination in the two portions of the study area. Read more about:
The Cleanup ProcessEcology uses strict cleanup guidelines from the Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA) to clean up polluted sites. MTCA provides a standard cleanup process and opportunities for public involvement . The timeline below shows the steps for cleanup at the Rayonier Mill site.
More information can be found at Cleanup Process: Major Phases & Definitions.
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