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Firm picked to raze former PA mill

October 9th, 2012 - 6:15am

(Port Angeles) -- The Port of Port Angeles has hired a Tacoma company to tear down the former PenPly mill on Marine Drive.

Port commissioners yesterday agreed to the bid from Rhine Demolition for $1.6 million dollars.

The port also entered into an agreed order with the state Department of Ecology regarding the cleanup of the former property.

The Port owns the land, and is responsible for getting rid of the buildings, and decontamination of the underlying soils.

The 19-acre site has some areas of contaminated soils that will require cleanup.

The agreed order will be in conjunction with the Model Toxics Control Act, and specifically addresses what needs to be accomplished over the next few years. The project will be accomplished in three phases. The first is demolition of the buildings. Next, the site will be assessed to determine what levels of contamination exist. The third phase is remediation at the site.

The estimated cost ranges between $3 and $4 million dollars.

The port is submitting a grant application with the DOE to offset some of the costs.

The port already included just under two million dollars in next year's budget to cover costs of tearing down the mill buildings.

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