Oct 29:Port Gamble Bay Cleanup Open House

PORT GAMBLE — The state Department of Ecology is accepting public comment on draft documents for cleaning the old Port Gamble mill site and adjacent shoreline.

A community open house and public hearing is scheduled Oct. 29, 5-8:30 p.m. at the Hood Canal Vista Pavilion, 4740 NE View Drive in Port Gamble. An open house starts at 5 p.m., followed by a presentation at 6 p.m. Public testimony will follow the presentation.

The comment period continues through Nov. 12. The draft documents include a legal agreement between the state Department of Ecology and Pope Resources. The agreement, called a consent decree, outlines how Pope Resources will clean up in-bay sediments and the shoreline near the former mill site. Historic mill operations, wood chipping, log rafting, and storage activities contaminated upland soil and in-water sediments with wood waste and pollutants such as petroleum hydrocarbons and dioxins.

The Port Gamble Bay cleanup area includes the property where the old Pope & Talbot Inc. sawmill manufactured forest products from 1853 to 1995. It also includes property leased from the state Department of Natural Resources from 1970 to 1995. Log transfer and rafting activities took place at the leased property.

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