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City agrees to harbor pollution pact

April 3rd, 2013 - 5:43am

(Port Angeles) -- Plans to begin cleaning up the western part of Port Angeles harbor took another step forward Tuesday night.

The Port Angeles city council reached consensus on the first of two agreements, a Remedial Investigation and Feasibility Study.

City attorney Bill Bloor says those documents provide building blocks for determining how the actual cleanup of the harbor will proceed. PLP's are Potentially Liable Persons although in this case refer to corporations or agencies. Five parties, including the city of Port Angeles have been named by the state Department of Ecology as a PLP. The overall project could run into the tens of millions of dollars for study and clean up.

But bloor says the group is hoping for a speedy process, and not a decades-long project.

The second part of the mix is the Environmental Services Agreement, and consultants will be brought in, to coordinate efforts.

Bloor says the Consultant, Floyd Snyder, plans to begin work almost immediately, as soon as the other PLP's sign the Participation Agreement.

The Port signed off last week, and with the City's agreement last night, it simply remains for the three other PLP's to sign on, and consultant's work can begin.


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