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West-end harbor cleanup survey due first quarter 2018

November 3rd, 2017 - 09:00 am

PORT ANGELES- Several years ago, when the Department of Ecology identified a range of pollutants in the west end of Port Angeles harbor, separate from the Rayonier project, they listed a group of Potentially Liable Parties, or PLP’s, that would be responsible for the clean-up. Those parties include the City of Port Angeles, as well as the Port of Port Angeles and a handful of businesses.


Before the clean-up process can begin, all parties concerned are responsible for paying for a Remedial Investigation and Feasibility Study (or RIFS)to determine the nature of the pollutants and a method for removing them. That alone has been a expensive process, but City Manager Dan McKeen tells KONP:

That feasibility study is due to be submitted to the Department of Ecology in the first quarter of 2018 for review. The next step will be coming up with an action plan to clean up the harbor, with liable parties dividing up that cost based on their level of responsibility.

McKeen admits that at best, cleaning up the harbor will not be cheap, but it’s yet to be seen how much the city is responsible for, and how much of that will be covered by insurance.

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