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Port Angeles Rayonier Mill Site


The Port Angeles Rayonier Mill has a large impact on Port Angeles and the larger community.  Ecology involves many stakeholders in the cleanup process--individuals, organizations, and other government agencies.  All stakeholders and the general public are welcome to review and comment on cleanup documents.
Ecology encourages public involvement at all toxic cleanup sites.  Public participation grants are available for non-profit organizations interested in monitoring the cleanup and helping to prevent pollution.  Olympic Environmental Council is a current grantee.

Ecology works with the City of Port Angeles and a group of government agencies to ensure that the cleanup protects human health and the environment.  In 2007, Ecology gave the City of Port Angeles $50,000 to explore visions for the future use of the Rayonier site.  More information is available in the City of Port Angeles' report.  In 2009,  Ecology provided $230,000  to the city to expand the visioning process and integrate their combined sewer overflow project with cleanup. 

In 2008, the City of Port Angeles and the Port of Port Angeles partnered to create the Harbor-Works Development Authority.  In 2009, Ecology provided the agency with a  $200,000 Integrated Planning Grant  for a study to help it decide whether to purchase the Rayonier property.  In September of 2010, Harbor-Works’ board voted to dissolve.

Agency stakeholders include: Clallam County Environmental Health Division, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Washington Department of Health, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, Washington Department of Natural Resources, and the Olympic Region Clean Air Agency.