The Olympic Environmental Council has collaborated with ESC for ten years during the cleanup at Port Angeles Harbor.

Rayonier Mill Site Cleanup

Port Angeles, WA

For the past ten years, ESC has partnered with the Olympic Environmental Council to oversee the cleanup of the Rayonier paper mill site. In 2000, the US EPA granted cleanup oversight to Washington Ecology, the state’s environmental agency. Site remediation pertains to arsenic, PCBs, dioxins, PAHs, manganese, lead, and phthalate contamination. Human health as well as ecological risks play an important role at this site, including concerns about the tribal burial ground on top of which it lies. Efforts are currently underway to understand the extent of the contamination and to develop remediation strategies that will protect human health and the environment of the Port Angeles Harbor.

OEC anticipates that documents concerning the Rayonier Mill site Upland portion and Harbor portion investigations will be available for public review sometime in the near future.


Washington State Department of Ecology’s Rayonier Mill Site blog

ESC Documents

ESC’s presentation at the Port Angeles Forum 5/28/2013 For more information about the meeting read ESC’s Community Forum FAQ Sheet

Click here to view ESC’s comments on the Western Port Angeles Harbor Agreed Order and
Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study Work Plan, April 18, 2013

Click here to view ESC’s comments on the Port Angeles Harbor Sediment Investigation Report, May 22, 2012

Click here to view the Sediment Investigation presentation delivered to the Olympic Environmental Council community meeting, May 7, 2012.

Please click here to view ESC’s presentation, Port Angeles Harbor: Current Status and Future Outlook, presented to the Port Angeles community, June 15, 2009

Click here for ESC’s paper, Cleanup Options at Rayonier Mill Site, which follows the current literature on the cleanup of contaminated sediment in Washington and across the country