Initial Site Survey Work on Port Angeles Dock, Shoreline to Begin Late August
News Date: 
August 12, 2019
   

Residents, later this month, will see some field survey work taking place at the dock and shoreline area leased by Rayonier Advanced Materials (RYAM) in Port Angeles. The work is a collaboration between the state Department of Ecology (Ecology), the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and RYAM.
 
“Moving forward with this project is a necessary first step and will set the stage for clean-up,” said Rebecca Lawson, Ecology’s Southwest Region Toxics Cleanup Program Manager. “We all share a common goal to improve the health of Port Angeles Harbor.”
 
“The site work will support the engineering design of the plan to remove the marine structures and restore the shoreline,” said Carla Yetter, Vice President of Sustainability for RYAM. “This is a necessary and exciting step forward.”
 
The initial survey work is the result of ongoing dialogue between the company and state agencies.
 
“It’s an exciting milestone that will lead us in a positive direction that works for the environment and the community,” said Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz. “We look forward to continuing to work in partnership with Ecology and Rayonier Advanced Materials, as well as local tribes and the community, as a restoration plan is crafted.”
 
While the work plan for the project is not yet complete, the field survey work this month will serve to inform the group as to the next steps to build out the timeline and scope of work for the project, which will include: removal of the dock and jetty, and clean-up of contaminated sediment and the shoreline to achieve marine habitat restoration.
 
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MEDIA CONTACTS
 
Rebecca Lawson
Southwest Region Manager
Toxics Cleanup Program
Department of Ecology
O: 360-407-6241
C: 360-7902231
 
Eric Johnson
Director of External Affairs
Rayonier Advanced Materials
O: 904-357-9134
 
Bobbi Cussins
Deputy Communications Director
Department of Natural Resources
O: 360-902-1523
C: 360-878-4217