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City agrees to harbor clean up pact

May 23rd, 2013 - 6:30am

(Port Angeles) -- The city of Port Angeles has officially agreed to a plan for cleanup in the western part of the city's harbor.

The city council this week approved an agreed order and work plan for the project.

The documents set out how the western harbor sediment will be studied and eventually cleaned up.

The city was named one of five entities potentially liable for the pollution by the Department of Ecology.

Ecology named the city and Port of Port Angeles along with Georgia Pacific, Nippon Paper and Merril & Ring as resonponsible for cleaning up contamination in that part of the harbor.

City manager Dan McKeen says the city will most likely pay about a million dollars toward the project. The city has added a surcharge to its sewer bills to recoup some of the cost.

But McKeen says the city may be in line to get $400-thousand dollars from the state to help offset the city's cost.

Under the latest plan, a clean up strategy won't be known until a full sediment study is completed. Sampling could begin as soon as next month.

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