Most of graving yard soils contain little contaminants

September 26th, 2003


(Port Angeles) -- As an archaeological survey continues at the Port Angeles graving yard site, state officials learned yesterday that contaminate levels in more than half the work site are low enough to allow for disposal of the material in the Shotwell pit west of the city.

Graving yard work for construction of Hood Canal Bridge replacement pontoons remains closed as a survey for possible Native American artifacts continues, possibly into October.

But state Ecology and Transportation officials received news yesterday at a meeting that could allow for the work to resume as soon as the archaeological work is completed.

State documents obtained by KONP news show a majority of graving yard soils contain dioxin at levels less than one part per trillion -- which would allow for their disposal at the Shotwell pit located west of Port Angeles.

According to the documents, only a small portion -- around 10 percent of the graving yard soil located adjacent to the waterfront would need to be trucked to the Port Angeles landfill. The rest of graving yard material with a questionable amount of contamination could be trucked to the former Rayonier pulp mill site in Port Angeles.


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