The Port Angeles Rayonier Inc. Pulp Mill operated from 1930-1997 when it was closed and dismantled.  Now in 2011 the clean up continues.  The website on the mill set up by the Department of Ecology at the State of Washington says  "Over the years the mill emitted hazardous substances that still pollute the land and water." The City of Port Angeles also has a website that provides information on the mill cleanup. Pollutants on the site include petroleum hydrocarbons, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), lead, dioxins, furans and arsenic. Local Native American tribes have been included in the planning for the cleanup and the use of the site once it is cleaned up.

From this we can learn that cleanup of a mill site is not a quick process.  We can also contrast the information given to the public by the mill and government agencies with the lack of information about the Samoa Pulp Mill site. It is noteworthy that the local media has nothing to say about the mill.  There is ongoing concern about Marina Center site, but nothing about the Samoa Pulp Mill, a major polluter.  

They are being allowed to proceed with the demolition without an overall plan for the use of the property.  They have the proper "acknowledgments" and a licensed  company has begun the asbestos removal. Two buildings are being completely removed and the machine room is being emptied.  It could become a warehouse. 
The Geotracker website of the California Water Board publishes the results of tests for pollutants in the wells on the mill site. It would be a service to the public if the Freshwater Tissue Co. kept the public informed about what is happening at the mill site.

Bob Simpson
1/31/2011 11:15:45 pm


I cannot comment as to the condition of the Rayonier mill at the time of its closing, other than to say, all PCB's were removed from the Samoa mill site (transformers) in 1990. As you know, there have been no dioxins present at the Samoa mill since 1993. As for arsenic, no know arsenic was ever used or stored at the Samoa mill site. Three (3) engineering firms have stated the minor traces of aresenic present in the samoa plant site ground water are naturally occuring. In fact,it is my understanding the arsenic content in present in the Humboldt Bay are greater than found in the ground water at the Samoa plant site. It appears we have nobody to blame. And I know Freshwater isn't the responsible party. Nevertheless, I take your criticism seriously and we will improve our communicating skills.

With regards to the demolition, Bayview Environmental is removing all asbestos at the Samoa mill site. Bayview is nearly finished and they are doing a masterful job. As landowners, we are keen to have all asbestos abated and properly disposed.

Thank you for your comments,
Bob Simpson

Barry Mcguire
2/1/2011 09:58:51 am

"It appears we have nobody to blame. And I know Freshwater isn't the responsible party ".

But who's making the buck again.

The truth ,the L.P years 87'88;89,dumping went on in trench's out there .
The West burm is the best place( out side) to start a simple search. 1 well dead center east side base of the burm.

Inside dead center machine room as pointed out before


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