Port Angeles Rayonier Mill Site

Facility Site ID: 19 Cleanup Site ID: 2270

  • Site Status

  • Cleanup Started

Site Description

Rayonier Mill Study Area is located along the shoreline and in the eastern portion of Port Angeles Harbor. The Study Area includes a marine and an upland portion.
Rayonier Mill Study Area is located along the shoreline and in the eastern portion of Port Angeles Harbor. The Study Area includes a marine and an upland portion.

Visit the Rayonier Mill project home page for more information and the latest news about the cleanup. http://www.ecology.wa.gov/Rayonier.

Rayonier ran a pulp mill on the property from 1930 to 1997, and then afterwards dismantled the mill.  When the mill was running, sulfite and acid would break down wood chips into cellulose fibers. Operations at the mill contaminated air, soil, groundwater, and sediments.

The extent of contamination at the site is unknown, so we decided to focus on a study area that includes the former mill property and adjacent marine environment. 

The amount and type of contamination vary across the upland portion of the Study Area. Most of the contaminated hot spots were cleaned up with interim actions in the 1990s and 2000s. Over 30,000 tons of contaminated soil was removed from the site.

Contaminants found in soil and groundwater include

  • Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs).
  • Metals (such as arsenic and lead).
  • Dioxins.
  • Total petroleum hydrocarbons (TPHs).
  • Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).
  • Ammonia.

Many of the same contaminants found in soil are also present in sediment, including

  • Phenols.
  • Phthalates.
  • Wood debris.

The remedial investigation and feasibility study for the Study Area are complete. We are preparing the public review draft of the interim action plan for the Study Area and a new legal agreement to implement the plan. Both the plan and the legal agreement will be available for public comment when they are ready. 

Please visit the Rayonier Mill project home page for the latest information about progress on the cleanup and comment periods.

Legal 14
Document Title Document Date Document Type
Final Rayonier Mill AO Amendment 2 6/3/2024 Agreed Order Amendment
Port Angeles Rayonier Mill Agreed Order Amendment 8/1/2012 Agreed Order Amendment
Termination & Release of Restrictive Covenant, Rayonier Properties, LLC 5/12/2011 Environmental Covenant; Alternative Mechanism
Agreed Order Port Angeles Rayonier Mill 3/25/2010 Agreed Order
Final PLP - Rayonier Properties LLC (2009) 3/16/2009 Final Potentially Liable Person Status Letter
Rayonier Mill 2004 AO Upland RI/FS 3/11/2004 Agreed Order
Rayonier Mill 2002 AO Interim Action Finishing Room 8/2/2002 Agreed Order
Rayonier Mill 2002 AO Marine RI 7/30/2002 Agreed Order
Rayonier Mill 2001 Rayonier Inc PLP letter 1/11/2001 Final Potentially Liable Person Status Letter
Rayonier Mill Preliminary Agreement between LEKT and Ecology 3/19/1999 Interlocal/Interagency Agreement; Memorandum of Agreement or Understanding
Rayonier Mill 1998 AO Interim Action Finishing Room 10/1/1998 Agreed Order
Rayonier Mill Deferral Agreement 5/3/1995 Interlocal/Interagency Agreement; Memorandum of Agreement or Understanding
Rayonier Mill - Restrictive Covenant 4/10/1992 Environmental Covenant; Alternative Mechanism
In the Matter of Remedial Action by: ITT Rayonier Inc. 2/10/1992 Enforcement Order
Map 1
Document Title Document Date Document Type
Map of North Olympic Peninsula Regional Background Sampling Locations 5/3/2013 Map
Public Information 29
Document Title Document Date Document Type
Port Angeles Habor Update Information Sheet March 2023 3/28/2023 Focus Sheet
Port Angeles Rayonier Mill and Western Harbor Online Update Presentation 2/9/2021 Fact Sheet\Public Notices
How to join Webex Event Information Sheet 1/26/2021 Fact Sheet\Public Notices
Port Angeles Rayonier Mill Responsiveness Summary (Volumes I, II, and III) 1/20/2021 Responsiveness Summary
2019 Rayonier Mill Vol 1-111 Public Comments Contact List 12/10/2020 Fact Sheet\Public Notices
2019 Rayonier Mill Vol 1-3 Public Comments 12/10/2020 Fact Sheet\Public Notices
Port Angeles Rayonier Mill Volumes I to III Fact Sheet 8/26/2019 Fact Sheet\Public Notices
Rayonier Mill Marine Data Summary Report Fact Sheet 12/9/2014 Fact Sheet\Public Notices
Rayonier Mill Agreed Order Timeline January 2014 Update Poster 1/7/2014 Multimedia
Rayonier Mill Agreed Order Timeline July 2013 Update Poster 7/23/2013 Multimedia
North Olympic Peninsula Regional Background SAP Public Forum Presentation 4/8/2013 Multimedia
North Olympic Peninsula Regional Background Fact Sheet 3/20/2013 Fact Sheet\Public Notices
Rayonier Mill Upland Data Summary Report Release Fact Sheet 1/2/2013 Fact Sheet\Public Notices
Port Angeles Sediments Investigation SIR and SDE Responsiveness Summary 12/18/2012 Responsiveness Summary
Rayonier Mill Agreed Order Amendment and MMP Responsiveness Summary 12/6/2012 Responsiveness Summary
Rayonier Mill Agreed Order Amendment Fact Sheet 7/26/2012 Fact Sheet\Public Notices
Port Angeles Harbor Sediments Investigation Open House Presentation 3/13/2012 Multimedia
Rayonier Mill Agreed Order Timeline March 2012 Update Poster 3/8/2012 Multimedia
Port Angeles Harbor Sediments Investigation Reports Comment Period Extension Postcard 3/5/2012 Fact Sheet\Public Notices
Port Angeles Harbor Sediments Investigation Reports Fact Sheet 2/14/2012 Fact Sheet\Public Notices
Rayonier Mill Off-Property Soil Dioxin Study 7/7/2011 Fact Sheet\Public Notices
Port Angeles Rayonier Mill Public Participation Plan 1/21/2010 Public Participation Plan
Port Angeles Harbor Sediments Investigation Study Design Responsiveness Summary 10/14/2008 Responsiveness Summary
Rayonier Mill Draft Soil Sampling Plan Available for Public Comment 6/30/2008 Fact Sheet\Public Notices
Rayonier Mill Off-Property Soil Dioxin Study 6/1/2008 FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
Port Angeles Harbor Sediments Investigation Study Design Open House Presentation 5/13/2008 Multimedia
Rayonier Mill Off-Property Soil Dioxin Study PPP 5/1/2008 Public Participation Plan
Port Angeles Harbor Sediments Investigation Public Participation Plan 4/21/2008 Public Participation Plan
Port Angeles Hardor Sediments Investigation Sampling Plan Fact Sheet 4/15/2008 Fact Sheet\Public Notices
Technical Reports 49
Document Title Document Date Document Type
Rayonier Mill Decision Framework 4/23/2024 Interim Action Documents
Annual Report for the Rayonier Mill Site Deferral Agreement 1/29/2024 Site Specific Technical Document - other
Annual Report for the Rayonier Mill Site Deferral Agreement 10/26/2022 Site Specific Administrative Document - other (Administrative correspondence)
Port Angeles Rayonier Mill Site - Response to Rayonier letter of October 15, 2021 re: Interim Action Report Volume IV 1/13/2022 Site Specific Administrative Document - other (Administrative correspondence)
Vol III Rayonier Mill Interim Action Report: Alternatives Evaluation 9/1/2021 Feasibility Study
Vol II Rayonier Mill Marine Data Summary Report and Appendices 9/1/2021 Remedial Investigation Report
Vol I Rayonier Mill Upland Data Summary Report Plates 9/1/2021 Remedial Investigation Report
Vol I Rayonier Mill Upland Data Summary Report Appendices 9/1/2021 Remedial Investigation Report
Vol I Rayonier Mill Upland Data Summary Report 9/1/2021 Remedial Investigation Report
Port Angeles Rayonier Mill Site - Approval of Vol I, II, and III for the Study Area 8/19/2021 Site Specific Administrative Document - other (Administrative correspondence)
Port Angeles Rayonier Mill Site - Final Revisions letter from Ecology 3/9/2021 Site Specific Administrative Document - other (Administrative correspondence)
Annual Report for the Rayonier Mill Site Deferral Agreement 2018 11/8/2019 Site Specific Administrative Document - other (Administrative correspondence)
Ecology Approval of Revised PRD Interim Action Report Volume III 7/15/2019 Site Specific Administrative Document - other (Administrative correspondence)
Rayonier Port Angeles Mill - Ecology Response to Request for extension of time 5/9/2019 Site Specific Administrative Document - other (Administrative correspondence)
Rayonier Port Angeles Mill - ECY Comments on Draft Interim Action Report Vol. III 10/31/2018 Site Specific Administrative Document - other (Administrative correspondence)
2018.02.27_Rayonier Port Angeles Mill_Request for Extension response letter 2/27/2018 Site Specific Administrative Document - other (Administrative correspondence)
Annual Report for the Rayonier Mill Site Deferral Agreement 2017 1/23/2018 Site Specific Administrative Document - other (Administrative correspondence)
ECY Comments - Rayonier Mill Interim Action Report Volume III - Alternatives Evaluation 9/18/2017 Site Specific Administrative Document - other (Administrative correspondence)
Annual Report for the Rayonier Mill Site Deferral Agreement 2016 8/23/2017 Site Specific Administrative Document - other (Administrative correspondence)
Annual Report for the Rayonier Mill Site Deferral Agreement 2015 1/13/2016 Site Specific Administrative Document - other (Administrative correspondence)
Rayonier Mill- Annual Report 2014 1/13/2016 Site Specific Technical Document - other
Approval Letter - PRD Volume II Report 12/4/2014 Site Specific Administrative Document - other (Administrative correspondence)
Annual Report for the Rayonier Mill Site Deferral Agreement 11/19/2014 Site Specific Administrative Document - other (Administrative correspondence)
Rayonier Mill CSO Materials Management Completion Report_appx D-F 6/30/2014 Interim Action Documents
Rayonier Mill CSO Material Mangagement Completion Report_Appx A-C 6/30/2014 Interim Action Documents
Rayonier Mill CSO Materials Management Completion Report 6/30/2014 Performance/Confirmational Monitoring Plan or Report
Rayonier Mill December 2013 Timeline Extension Letter to Rayonier 12/30/2013 Site Specific Administrative Document - other (Administrative correspondence)
Rayonier Mill Soil Stockpile Management Plan 8/13/2013 Site Specific Technical Document - other
North Olympic Peninsula Regional Background Sampling Validated Data 8/5/2013 Site Specific Technical Document - other
North Olympic Peninsula Regional Background Data Validation Report 7/31/2013 Site Specific Technical Document - other
Rayonier Mill Soil Stockpile Pilot Sampling Results 6/3/2013 Site Specific Technical Document - other
North Olympic Peninsula Regional Background Sampling and Analysis Plan 5/24/2013 Sampling and Analysis Plan
Port Angeles Harbor Preliminary Sediment Cleanup Objectives 5/22/2013 Site Specific Technical Document - other
Rayonier Mill Pilot Stockpile Sampling Plan 3/25/2013 Site Specific Technical Document - other
Port Angeles Harbor Sediment Dioxin Source Study 2/28/2013 Site Specific Technical Document - other
Port Angeles Harbor Sediments Investigation Report Appendix K 12/18/2012 Site Specific Technical Document - other
Port Angeles Harbor Sediments Investigation Report Appendices D through J 12/18/2012 Site Specific Technical Document - other
Port Angeles Harbor Sediments Investigation Report Appendices A through C 12/18/2012 Site Specific Technical Document - other
Port Angeles Harbor Sediments Investigation Supplemental Data Evaluation 12/18/2012 Site Specific Technical Document - other
Port Angeles Harbor Sediments Investigation Report 12/18/2012 Site Specific Technical Document - other
Port Angeles Rayonier Mill Materials Management Plan with Addendum 12/3/2012 Interim Action Documents
Rayonier Mill Additional Permits and Approvals Determination for CSO Project Interim Action 9/21/2012 Interim Action Documents
Reading Guide: Soil Dioxin Study 7/7/2011 Site Specific Technical Document - other
Rayonier Mill Off-property Soil Dioxin Study public review draft 6/30/2011 Site Specific Technical Document - other
Rayonier Mill Upland Data Collection Technical Memorandum 6/15/2011 Site Specific Technical Document - other
Final Port Angeles Harbor Sediments Investigation Sampling and Analysis Plan 6/28/2008 Sampling and Analysis Plan
Rayonier Mill Off-Property Soil Dioxin Study Soil Sampling Plan Public Review Draft 6/23/2008 Sampling and Analysis Plan
Port Angeles Harbor Summary of Existing Information and Identification of Data Gaps 4/4/2008 Site Specific Technical Document - other
Rayonier Mill 2003 Interim Action Report 3/3/2003 Interim Action Documents
Natural Resource Damage related documents 12
Document Title Document Date Document Type
Port Angeles Harbor NRDA Funding and Participation Agreement 11/24/2015 NRDA Legal Document
Port Angeles Harbor NRDA Resolution 8 10/8/2015 NRDA Legal Document
Port Angeles Harbor NRDA Resolution 6 12/19/2014 NRDA Legal Document
Port Angeles Harbor NRDA Resolution 7 12/11/2014 NRDA Legal Document
Port Angeles Harbor NRDA Resolution 5 9/10/2013 NRDA Legal Document
Port Angeles Harbor NRDA Preassessment Screen 8/30/2013 NRDA Preassessment
Port Angeles Harbor NRDA Resolution 4 7/11/2013 NRDA Legal Document
Port Angeles Harbor NRDA Resolution 3 7/11/2013 NRDA Legal Document
Port Angeles Harbor NRDA Funding and Participation Agreement 6/6/2013 NRDA Legal Document
Port Angeles Harbor NRDA Resolution 2 3/14/2013 NRDA Legal Document
Port Angeles Harbor NRDA Resolution 1 7/26/2012 NRDA Legal Document
Port Angeles Harbor NRDA Trustee Council Memorandum of Agreement 3/27/2012 NRDA Legal Document
There may be more documents related to this site. To obtain documents not available electronically, you will need to make a public records request.

Places to see print documents

  • Southwest Regional Office
    300 Desmond Dr SE
    Lacey, 98503-1274
    Please schedule an appointment to view print documents at this location.

Contaminants 14

Contaminant Type
Soil
Groundwater
Surface Water
Air
Sediment
Bedrock
Metals - Metals Priority Pollutants C C
Metals - Metals - Other C C
Halogenated Organics - Polychlorinated biPhenyls (PCB) C C
Non-Halogenated Organics - Petroleum Products-Unspecified C C C
Non-Halogenated Organics - Phenolic Compounds C C
Halogenated Organics - Dioxins/Furans C C C
Non-Halogenated Organics - Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons C C C
Metals - Arsenic C C
Other Contaminant - Other Deleterious Substances C
Metals - Lead C
Metals - Mercury C
Other Contaminant - Bioassay Failure C
Non-Halogenated Organics - Petroleum-Diesel C
Pesticides - Pesticides-Unspecified C
S
Suspected
C
Confirmed Above Cleanup Levels
B
Below Cleanup Levels
RA
Remediated-Above
RB
Remediated-Below
R
Remediated
This contaminant list was based on our best information at the time it was entered. It may not reflect current conditions at the site.