Graving dock dirt cleared from contamination order

Peninsula News Network


Clallam County, WA - State agencies have cleared up that disagreement over dirt at the Port Angeles graving dock site.

The Department of Ecology and local authorities had come down hard on the contractors and Department of Transportation for disposing of what DOE said was “contaminated dirt”. Several thousand yards of dirt had been taken from the graving dock site on Marine Drive and transported to the Shotwell landfill west of PA.

Now, following a meeting Thursday with the various parties, an agreement has been worked out to cover the dirt already taken from the site, and the soil covered in plastic awaiting disposal.

Meanwhile, work continues on that archeological assessment, involving DOT, the contractor and the Lower Elwha Klallam tribe. The parties are scouring the site for remains and artifacts that may have been left from an historic Klallam village on the property. Earlier discoveries halted work on the multi-million dollar project.

The tribe, the state and the contractor are working to survey the rest of the site so that work could resume on the dock in early October.


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