Facility Site ID: 1002 Cleanup Site ID: 28

Site Description

The K Ply site, which is also known as PenPly or Peninsula Plywood, is located at 439 Marine Drive in Port Angeles.

From 1941 - 2011, a plywood mill operated on the K Ply property under various owners. The Port of Port Angeles (port) owns the property.

Past operations contaminated soil and groundwater. Known site contaminants include:

Rayonier operated a plywood mill on the K Ply property from 1971 - 1989. During that time, a hydraulic oil leak contaminated a part of the site.

Past Cleanup
Ecology entered into an agreed order with the port to separate K Ply from the Marine Trades Area site in October 2012. Investigations of the Marine Trades Area site from 2005 - 2011 showed that there are separate sources of contamination on the two sites.

The October 2012 agreed order required the port to do a partial cleanup and develop a remedial investigation report, feasibility study, and preliminary draft cleanup action plan for the K Ply site.

In 2013, the port completed a partial cleanup in which they tore down former mill structures and stabilized the site.

Ecology held a public comment period for draft reports, cleanup plans, and a legal agreement for cleanup from April 2 – May 4, 2015. You can read the comments we received and our responses in the responsiveness summary. Ecology signed a new agreed order to implement cleanup in 2015. You can view these documents by clicking the links below.

Site Cleanup

The port began cleanup in August, 2015.
Under the cleanup action plan and agreed order, the port:
  • Removed over 50,000 tons of polluted soil. They kept clean soil on site and reused it during construction.
  • Used bioremediation to clean up polluted groundwater. They added nutrients and oxygen to excavated areas before adding clean soil. The nutrients and oxygen will encourage natural organisms to grow. These organisms will then use contaminants for food, which will break down the contaminants. This will result in lower contaminant levels. 
  • Continues to monitor soil and groundwater until cleanup standards are met.

You can view the Construction Completion Report, which details the cleanup activities that took place on site, and other cleanup related documents below.

Public Involvement

Ecology wants to keep you involved! You will have the chance to review and comment on key documents during the cleanup process. You can read site documents by clicking "View Electronic Documents" in the bar on the right.

To join the site mailing list, contact Megan MacClellan at the email address or phone number listed to the right.

Site use restrictions called institutional controls are in effect

Institutional controls can be fences, signs, or restrictions on how the property is used. For instance, an institutional control may prohibit installing drinking water wells or disturbing a protective cap that isolates contamination. These restrictions keep the contamination contained and keep people from being exposed to the contamination. The controls are usually listed in environmental covenants recorded with the county.

Periodic reviews are required when institutional controls are required at a site. Ecology conducts reviews to make sure the controls remain effective and the cleanup still protects human health and the environment. We conduct periodic reviews about every five years.

Environmental Covenant

County Recording #: 2017-1351541
County Recording Date: 6/29/2017

Covenant Restrictions

  • Maintain/Protect Monitoring System
  • Restrict Domestic Ground Water Extraction/Well Installation
  • Restrict Land Use
  • Vapor Intrusion Assessment Required Prior to Building Construction

Media Restrictions

  • Air
  • Groundwater
  • Soil
Legal 8
Document Title Document Date Document Type
K Ply Environmental Covenant 6/29/2017 Environmental Covenant; Alternative Mechanism
Release from Remedial Action Order No. DE 90-S255 10/3/2016 Order Notice of Satisfaction/Status
Satisfaction of Agreed Order No. DE 9546 9/28/2016 Order Notice of Satisfaction/Status
K Ply Agreed Order 2015 5/19/2015 Agreed Order
K Ply- Final PLP 11/6/2014 Final Potentially Liable Person Status Letter
K Ply Agreed Order 10/15/2012 Agreed Order
Marine Trades Area Agreed Order for a Remedial Investigation and Feasibility Study 12/19/2005 Agreed Order
K Ply Remedial Action Order 10/30/1990 Agreed Order
Public Information 8
Document Title Document Date Document Type
Responsiveness Summary 2015 5/19/2015 Responsiveness Summary
K Ply Fact Sheet 2015 3/23/2015 Fact Sheet\Public Notices
K Ply Public Participation Plan 3/23/2015 Public Participation Plan
K Ply Agreed Order and IAWP Responsiveness Summary 4/30/2013 Responsiveness Summary
K Ply AO IAWP Open House Presentation 10/22/2012 Multimedia
K Ply Agreed Order and Interim Action Plan Comment Period Fact Sheet 10/8/2012 Fact Sheet\Public Notices
K Ply Public Participation Plan 10/8/2012 Public Participation Plan
Marine Trades Area Fact Sheet for Agreed Order Comment Period 12/1/2005 Fact Sheet\Public Notices
State Environmental Policy Act 1
Document Title Document Date Document Type
K Ply SEPA DNS and Checklist 3/26/2015 SEPA Documents
Technical Reports 8
Document Title Document Date Document Type
Proposed Activity and Use Restrictions at K Ply 5/23/2017 Site Specific Administrative Document - other (Administrative correspondence)
K Ply Site Constrcution Completion Report 12/20/2016 Final Cleanup Action Report
K Ply Site Engineering Design Report 8/14/2015 Engineering Design Report
K Ply CAP May 2015 5/19/2015 Cleanup Action Plan
K Ply Site Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study 5/19/2015 Remedial Investigation / Feasibility Study
Supplemental Data Collection Technical Memorandum 1/27/2014 Site Specific Technical Document - other
K Ply Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study Work Plan 9/4/2013 Remedial Investigation Work Plan
K Ply Interim Action Work Plan 10/15/2012 Interim Action Documents
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 7

Contaminant Type
Surface Water
Non-Halogenated Organics - Phenolic Compounds C
Non-Halogenated Organics - Non-Halogenated Solvents C C
Halogenated Organics - Dioxins/Furans B
Non-Halogenated Organics - Benzene C C
Non-Halogenated Organics - Petroleum-Diesel C C
Non-Halogenated Organics - Petroleum-Gasoline C C
Non-Halogenated Organics - Petroleum-Other C C
Confirmed Above Cleanup Levels
Below Cleanup Levels
This contaminant list was based on our best information at the time it was entered. It may not reflect current conditions at the site.