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DOE taking comments on clean up of western Port Angeles harbor

March 21st, 2013 - 6:43am

Port Angeles -- Washington State's Department of Ecology is continuing their proposed clean-up efforts of the Port Angeles Harbor that began back in 2008.

Public comments are now being sought on a proposed agreed order for clean up of the western Port Angeles Harbor site. An open house on the proposal is planned for next Thursday at 6:30 pm at Olympic Memorial Hospital.

Under the order, five potentially liable parteis have been named for polluting the western end of the harbor. They include Georgia-Pacific, Nippon Paper Industries USA, Merrill & Ring, and the Port and City of Port Angeles.

The proposed "agreed order" requires that these five entities conduct a remedial investigation of the harbor contamination and that they also propose clean-up options.

DOE regional section manager Rebecca Lawson says the five parties are expected interact for this proposed clean-up.

Lawson said that under a best case scenario, clean-up could be underway by 2015, but the extent of the clean-up and the remedies needed make it hard to predict an accurate time table.

The study and subsequent clean up could costs tens of millions of dollars, but a total won't be known until they know the extent and type of pollutants in the harbor.

You can look over the proposal at the Port Angeles library. DOE is taking comments through April 18th.

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