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Ecology presents cleanup agreement with Rayonier today

2/10 Peninsula Daily News-By Tom Callis
Peninsula Daily News

PORT ANGELES — State Department of Ecology staffers will present their new draft cleanup agreement with Rayonier Inc. — an agreement they say will give the delayed project a new kick start — at an open house today.

The agreement, which contains a new three-year timeline for the creation of a cleanup plan for the 75-acre site on the Port Angeles waterfront that Rayonier owns, already has received a less-than-enthusiastic response from the city and others already frustrated by a project that has been in Ecology’s hands for 10 years and still lacks a definite end date.

Last week, the Port Angeles City Council passed a resolution protesting the timeline out of concern that it will hinder efforts to put Rayonier’s former mill site under public ownership, including the large tank that city officials say they need to comply with environmental mandates regarding sewer overflows.

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