Near the beginning of the cleanup process, Rayonier A.M. Properties LLC and Ecology found many cleanup activities that could move forward quickly. Before the long process of planning further actions began, we made some meaningful progress.
Between 1993 and 2006, the former mill property saw many changes. During this time, buildings were demolished, contaminated material was removed, and soil pits filled in with clean soil. Because these actions were not part of a formal cleanup action plan, we call them interim actions. Interim actions are designed to quickly address areas of highest contamination.
Interim actions at the Rayonier Mill focused on removing contaminated soil, wood, and logs from the site and transporting them to appropriate landfills. This includes:
- Over 24,000 tons of petroleum-contaminated soil and concrete (that’s about 40 football fields covered with a foot of soil).
- 2,700 cubic yards of petroleum-contaminated wood residue left from the hog fuel pile.
- 2,500 sunken logs from the log pond.
- 4,800 tons of soil from the spent sulfite liquor lagoon.
You can read more about the cleanup work on the site in the 2006 Interim Action Report and the 2003 Interim Action Report.