State agrees to extend comment period on Rayonier site cleanup – PDN

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The state Department of Ecology has agreed to extend the comment period on a proposed $24 million cleanup plan for the long-dormant Rayonier pulp mill site at the urging of an environmental activist, an Ecology official said last week. Rebecca Lawson, the agency’s southwest region manager, said the comment period was extended from Monday to Nov. 26 at the request of Sequim resident and cleanup-plan critic Darlene Schanfald of the Olympic Environmental Council Coalition. Lawson said that as of last week, only about 12 comments had been received on the proposal, available for review at, where people can also post comments. Paul Gottlieb reports. (Peninsula Daily News)

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  1. New opportunities to gain information before Nov. 16 deadline for comments on former Rayonier mill site cleanup. A technical adviser who is advocating complete removal of contaminated materials from the former mill site will discuss his findings and answer questions at two programs this month.
    Webinars with Dr. Peter deFur, scientific consultant to Olympic Environmental Council, will be open to the public at two free noon-1 p.m. forums: Monday, Nov. 18, in the Peninsula College Little Theater and Friday, Nov. 22. Olympic Environmental Council, Friends of Ennis Creek and Peninsula College Associated Student Council are sponsoring the first session. Northwest Toxic Communities Coalition and the University of Washington Superfund Research Program are joining Olympic Environmental Council to host the Nov. 22 opportunity. Reservations must be made through since it is limited to 100 participants.

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