Ecology hosts Rayonier cleanup open house in Port Angeles

OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) invites the public to a Rayonier cleanup open house Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010, in Port Angeles. The event runs from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Clallam County Commissioners’ board room, 223 E. 4th Street.

“We’re looking forward to talking with citizens about the progress being made, listening to ideas and answering their questions,” said Rebecca Lawson, Ecology’s regional manager for the Toxics Cleanup Program.

Ecology and Rayonier are in the middle of a three-year process to wrap up the necessary investigations of soil and groundwater before designing a cleanup plan for the Rayonier property and parts of the marine environment.

The agreed order between Ecology and Rayonier outlines all the key work that leads to cleanup. So far, several tasks have been completed and others are under way. Those attending the open house will have the opportunity to ask Ecology staff about the work being done now and what’s yet to come.

Contractors are now working on the former Rayonier mill property, installing and sampling new monitoring wells to check for contamination in the groundwater. Sampling done in August 2010 has helped contractors prepare for this round of work. Plans also call for collecting soil samples from soil borings, and collecting groundwater grab samples near old process piping.

This round of sampling will finish mid-November, and a third round should begin by January.