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City facing $65 million dollars for clean up projects

November 29th, 2012 - 5:43am

(Port Angeles) -- The City of Port Angeles is facing up to 65-million dollars of unfunded state mandates over the next 20 years to pay for five environmental projects involving the State Department of Ecology.

City residents have already begun to pay for three projects through increases in stormwater and wastewater rates.

City Manager Dan McKeen has asked the D-O-E for relief in the form of some grant assistance for the upcoming Harbor cleanup study and other projects.

The D-O-E's Rebecca Lawson says the city is eligible for an Ecology grant that would pay up to 75 percent of the city's share of the harbor cleanup costs, although that decision could rest with State Legislature.

Some other costs, though, would not be eligible for grant assistance, including the 42-million dollar combined sewer overflow project that got underway this year, with a Phase One price tag of 16-million dollars.

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