Ecology is entering into an agreed order (legal agreement) with the Port of Port Angeles (port) for the K Ply cleanup site (also known as PenPly or Peninsula Plywood). The agreed order requires the port to do an interim action (partial cleanup), investigate the site, and evaluate options for cleanup.
Last week Ecology’s cleanup team held an open house about the site and comment period. The comment period continues through Nov. 19, 2012. Site manager Connie Groven gave this presentation at the open house. Community members have asked a number of questions about what’s involved in cleaning up a contaminated site and how the K Ply cleanup schedule will work.
How a contaminated site gets cleaned upCleaning up sites where toxics have polluted land and water is very complex. Cleanup activities at K Ply are governed by the Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA). MTCA, which was created by a citizens’ initiative that voters approved in 1988, has procedures for cleaning up contaminated sites so they are safe for human health and the environment. Sites are cleaned up in stages:
K Ply cleanup timelineWe are using Lean processes in this cleanup. [You can read the MTCA Lean report here.] Lean goals include finishing the RI/FS process in two years and finishing cleanup in five years or less.
The K Ply agreed order does not set calendar due dates up front because all of the tasks build on previous tasks or milestones. For example, the first milestone is the port demolishing old mill structures. The port’s RI/FS work plan is due to Ecology 60 days after this. Based on the port’s current interim action work schedule, this means the port will likely send us their draft RI/FS work plan in August 2013.
After we review and approve the work plan, the port will do their RI/FS. We estimate that the port will collect data from November 2013 – February 2014 and submit their data and a draft RI/FS report in October 2014.
At each stage, the schedule includes time for:
- The port to make changes and submit a revised draft.
Following this schedule, we estimate that we will hold a public comment period on the RI/FS report, the draft cleanup plan, and new legal agreement in summer 2015. You can read the full schedule here on page 37.