Rayonier/Port Angeles contaminants report delayed until July or August

by Tim Flanagan on May 26, 2009

Tom Callis has the story in the Peninsula Daily News:

The completion of two studies on industrial contaminants in the waters and soil of Port Angeles is taking longer than expected.

The state Department of Ecology expects to have its draft reports on contamination of Port Angeles Harbor and its study on dioxin contamination of Port Angeles soil released for public review in July or August, cardiologist said Rebecca Lawson, store Ecology’s toxic cleanup program regional manager. Ecology previously expected those reports to be released in April.

Ecology’s preliminary results of its dioxin study released in February found that 45 of the 85 samples exceed Ecology’s cleanup level of dioxin, a carcinogen, of 11 parts of dioxin per trillion parts of soil in residential areas.

The purpose of that sampling is to determine the extent of dioxin contamination from the former Rayonier Inc. pulp mill on the east end of the harbor. The samples weren’t collected in a way that would determine the extent of contamination on the properties they were taken from.

Lawson said Ecology has yet to receive its report from its contractor, Ecology and Environment, on the likely sources of the dioxin found in the samples, which is why the public comment period has been delayed.

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