Port Angeles Public Forum for Rayonier Mill Cleanup


Dr. Peter deFur will speak on the state of the hazardous waste cleanup at the Rayonier mill site, Monday, June 15, 7 PM in the Carver Meeting Room at the Port Angeles library, 2210 South Peadbody Street. Dr.deFur is the Technical Consultant to the Olympic Environmental Council, the local non profit organization funded by the WA State Department of Ecology to do public outreach and education on the Rayonier cleanup of contamination. Dr. deFur has served as their consultant since 1998. His presentation will cover where we are in the process of the cleanup under the WA State Department of Ecology Model Toxics Control Act, and the contaminants of concern to public health and the environment such as dioxins, PCBs and heavy metals relevant to Port Angeles soils, Port Angeles Harbor sediments, and the mill site. He will compare this site to others he consults on, such as the Duwamish River in Seattle. Dr. deFur is president of Environmental Stewardship Concepts in Richmond VA, and an Affiliate Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator in the Center for Environmental Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he conducts research on environmental health and ecological risk assessment. He has consulted on several cleanup sites around the nation. He served on the National Research Council Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology, on the Virginia State Advisory Board to the Air Pollution Control Board, on various federal advisory committees, on numerous scientific reviews of EPA ecological and human health risk assessments, and on federal advisory committees for EPA’s Endocrine Disrupter Screening and Testing Program. The event is free. —

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