Public involvement opportunities

We make our cleanup work transparent and inclusive by offering the public opportunities to review and comment on cleanup documents and decisions before they are final. Our public involvement process is based in the Model Toxics Control Act, which lays out specific ways we inform and engage the public.

We will update this page with information about how to participate during comment periods and other activities, such as public meetings.

From August 29 to October 28, 2019, a public comment period is open for review and comment on three technical documents:

We will host an open house on September 25, 2019, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Olympic Medical Center, Linkletter Hall, 939 Caroline Street, Port Angeles to make a presentation and answer questions about Volumes I, II, and III.

After these documents are finalized, future public comment periods will be held to review the draft Interim Action Plan for the Study Area (Volume IV) and for review of legal agreements implementing the interim action.

Community involvement is important during the cleanup process, and we welcome public input at several key steps. Public involvement can include attending public meetings, submitting written comments during public comment periods, and community education.

How can I be involved?

Individuals, organizations, and other agencies may submit written comments during public comment periods and attend public meetings. Public Participation Grants may be available for non-profit organizations interested in monitoring the cleanup and helping to prevent pollution. Olympic Environmental Council has been a grantee.

When can I make a public comment?

Typically, we will ask for public input on milestone documents like legal agreements, major cleanup decisions, cleanup work plans, and draft reports. If you’d like to be notified of upcoming comment periods, contact Nancy Davis, (360) 407-0067, the public involvement coordinator for the Rayonier Mill cleanup.

Where else can I access public documents for this site?

Technical reports and outreach materials, including summaries of previous comments we have received and our responses to them, are available in two locations.

  • Our online document archive
  • Our Lacey office: The Department of Ecology, Southwest Regional Office Records Center 300 Desmond Drive SE, Lacey, WA 98503. Please contact Susie Baxter at 360-407-6365 for an appointment.

During public comment periods, the Port Angeles Library hosts the documents available for review at 2210 South Peabody Street, Port Angeles, WA 98362; 360-417-8500.