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PenPly stack to come down in a month

February 15th, 2013 - 8:11am

(Port Angeles) -- The iconic smokestack of the former PenPly mill will come down in about a month.

Port of Port Angeles officials say the project to dismantle the former mill site is on schedule.

Crews have wrapped the more than 175-foot stack and are removing asbestos paint.

Port executive director Jeff Robb says that work will continue for another two weeks. In three weeks, the wrap comes off. Robb says they're targeting March 25th as the date to take the stack down. Crews will use explosives to topple the stack to the north of the property.

Meantime, the port wants to form a committee of people who have been associated with the mill in the past. Port commissioner Jim Hallett says they want to find a way to memorialize the property in a way to salute its former use as a forest-products factory.

If you're interested, you should contact the port's offices.

Later this year, the property will undergo an environmental check and the port will begin clean up of pollutants at the site.

Eventually, the property will be tasked to something such as marine trades, that requires direct access to the water.

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