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PenPly stack demolition delayed

March 7th, 2013 - 6:34am

(Port Angeles -- Demolition of the Pen Ply stack has been put on hold. Last week's high winds damaged the containment around the stack, and contractors discovered the breach during a shift inspection.

The Port of Port Angeles does not believe there was public exposure to asbestos as a result of the containment breach around the stack. The material being removed is asbestos that is non-friable, meaning it is NOT easily crumbled or reduced to powder, and does not readily get into the air.

Port executive director Jeff Robb says as a result of the damage, the stack won't come down until April 8th. It had been scheduled to be toppled with explosives in a couple of weeks.

For members of the public who are interested in viewing the demolition of the stack, port officials are working with the contractor to establish a safe viewing zone.

They will release the viewing zone location closer to the April 8th demolition date.

Most of the rest of the former mill site along Marine Drive has been taken down and in the process of being cleared. The port plans to repurpose the land for marine trades or other industry that may need easy access to water.

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