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PUD and City of Hoquiam remove Harbor Paper water

February 26, 2016 Comments off

As the former Harbor Paper cleanup continues, over the next three weeks, the Grays Harbor PUD will pump over 28-million gallons of treated water from holding basins at the site into the City of Hoquiam’s sewage treatment system.

Working with the city, 775 feet of pipe is connecting the facility with the city’s sanitary sewer system and water will be pumped into the city’s treatment system for disposal.

“We are grateful to the City of Hoquiam for their assistance in helping the PUD move forward with its responsibilities at the Harbor Paper site,” said PUD General Manager Dave Ward. “We have a responsibility to clean our share of the site, but our first responsibility is to our ratepayers, to ensure that the project is completed at the lowest possible cost. With the help of the city, we are meeting both obligations.”

The 28.25 million gallons represent the last water to be treated at the Harbor Paper facility. Before power was cut to the site in September, the system was flushed to remove any organic materials. The water is held in a basin and test by the city show that it is essentially free of contaminants.

The water removal is the first significant step in the PUD’s clean-up of products accumulated over the past 20 years of paper production. Under its agreement with Rayonier, who own the land, the PUD is obligated to clean and remove the water treatment system and remove solid bi-products including piles of bark/rock mixture, sand ash and other materials.

The PUD tells KXRO that they are working to fulfill those responsibilities while having the least possible impact on the PUD’s customers.

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PUD approves Harbor Paper waste water demolition contract

June 12, 2014 Comments off

The Grays Harbor PUD has approved a contract which will allow for the demolition of the Harbor Paper waste water treatment facility at no cost to the District or its customers.

On Tuesday, the PUD approved a contract with Hero Demolition LLC for the demolition and removal of the buildings and equipment that make-up the facilities wastewater treatment plant. The contract will allow Hero Demolition to take possession of and remove all salvageable materials in lieu of payment.

“I am thrilled that we were able to reach this agreement,” said Commission President Russ Skolrood. “This contract will allow the PUD to continue to meet its obligation to clean this portion of the Harbor Paper site and to do it without absorbing costs which could impact our customers.”

The demolition work will include the removal of all the wastewater treatment facilities buildings and structures, including the primary clarifier, three secondary clarifiers, solids pumping station building, secondary treatment pump house, and the aeration blower building. The company will also remove all mechanical equipment, piping, electrical, roofing, siding, and wood materials.

Under its agreement with Rayonier Properties, LLC, the PUD is obligated to clean and remove the facility’s water treatment system and remove solid byproducts including piles of bark/rock mixture, sand ash and boiler grate material. PUD staff is working to fulfill those responsibilities in a way that meets their obligations while having the least possible impact on the PUD’s customers.

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Harbor Paper cleanup continues for Grays Harbor PUD

May 20, 2014 Comments off

The Grays Harbor PUD is looking to surplus tons of Harbor Paper by-products.

The PUD took another step towards concluding its portion of the clean-up of the former Harbor Paper mill site by passing a resolution that designated by-products as surplus and authorized them for sale, donation or disposal. The PUD has declared the 30,368 tons of sand/ash fertilizer and 18,984 tons of bark/rock mixture as surplus.

Grays Harbor PUD General Manager Dave Ward spoke on the resolution at yesterday’s meeting.

Commissioner Russ Skolrood says so far they have come in under budget pumping out the remaining wastewater, and demolishing the wastewater facilities and once they have the test results of the piles they will know more about their options to dispose of them at the lowest possible cost.

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PUD and City of Hoquiam remove Harbor Paper water

April 30, 2014 Comments off

As the former Harbor Paper cleanup continues, over the next three weeks, the Grays Harbor PUD will pump over 28-million gallons of treated water from holding basins at the site into the City of Hoquiam’s sewage treatment system.

Working with the city, 775 feet of pipe is connecting the facility with the city’s sanitary sewer system and water will be pumped into the city’s treatment system for disposal.

“We are grateful to the City of Hoquiam for their assistance in helping the PUD move forward with its responsibilities at the Harbor Paper site,” said PUD General Manager Dave Ward. “We have a responsibility to clean our share of the site, but our first responsibility is to our ratepayers, to ensure that the project is completed at the lowest possible cost. With the help of the city, we are meeting both obligations.”

The 28.25 million gallons represent the last water to be treated at the Harbor Paper facility. Before power was cut to the site in September, the system was flushed to remove any organic materials. The water is held in a basin and test by the city show that it is essentially free of contaminants.

The water removal is the first significant step in the PUD’s clean-up of products accumulated over the past 20 years of paper production. Under its agreement with Rayonier, who own the land, the PUD is obligated to clean and remove the water treatment system and remove solid bi-products including piles of bark/rock mixture, sand ash and other materials.

The PUD tells KXRO that they are working to fulfill those responsibilities while having the least possible impact on the PUD’s customers.

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Hoquiam men arrested stealing copper from Harbor Paper

April 4, 2014 Comments off

2 Hoquiam men were arrested and booked into the Grays Harbor County Jail for Burglary 2nd degree, Theft 2nd degree and Malicious Mischief 2nd degree after being caught stripping stolen copper wire on the former Harbor Paper mill site.

Hoquiam officers were dispatched to the former mill as the site is in the process of being demolished.

Since the closure of Harbor Paper, the site has been the victim of several thefts of metal and equipment. The demolition company is currently employing full-time security across the entire site.

Employees reported someone had entered the property overnight to steal several thousand dollars worth of copper wire. The suspects cut the wires not only from a power box inside of a defunct mill building, but also from a rented generator being used during demolition.

The damage to the United Rentals generator power cord was estimated to be over $3,400 alone.

Both the generator cords and wires to a power box inside the building had fresh cut marks. In addition to the damage to the wires, numerous demolition employees were unable to work without power, costing the company nearly $5,000 in lost wages.

Following drag marks in the dirt and into the brush beyond, employees located several pieces of stolen wire.

Officers were dispatched back to the location when security caught two suspects stripping wire on the property. The suspects fled on foot and were chased by employees to a swamp area between the mill and 28th Street.

A 54 year old Hoquiam man surrendered but his 50 year old accomplice initially resisted surrendering.

Both men denied being on the property or stealing metal, claiming they were trying to find a lost dog dog, yet could not explain anything about the dog, only describing the dog’s name as “Something.”.

Both were identified by the demolition company employees.

Officers checked the area and found approximately two hundred pounds of copper wire, half already stripped and the other half being prepared to be stripped.

The demolition employees discovered the pair of bolt cutters next to the stripped pile of wire had actually been stolen from inside the mill building during the burglary.

Both men were booked into the Grays Harbor County Jail for Burglary 2nd Degree, Theft 2nd Degree and Malicious Mischief 2nd Degree.

Both have an extensive criminal history.

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Harbor Paper: Sold

February 20, 2014 Comments off

$13 for a drill to $41,000 for a bulldozer, Harbor Paper is no more. Over 1000 lots were sold yesterday to the highest bidders at the Quinault Beach Resort and Casino.

The auction included everything from furniture, tools, to the vehicles on the property. “Lot 1” in the auction was Harbor Paper in its entirety; with a starting bid of $5,000,000. There were no bidders at that price.

At the end of the day, over $960,000 was spent by bidders.

Over 1400 lots in all were on the official bid sheet, many of which were grouped together at the auction.

Portions of the historic mill that did not get auctioned off will be sold for scrap before the entire facility is removed, leaving only the land owned by Rayonier.

Hoquiam City Administrator Brian Shay says that he expects another business on the lot within 5 years following the demolition of the buildings.

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Harbor Paper going up for auction

December 17, 2013 Comments off

The first sign of action at Harbor Paper in months is the announcement that it is up for auction.

Biditup.com has updated their website to include Harbor Paper and their equipment in an auction in February.

The website lists “CLOSURE OF A COMPLETE MAJOR PAPER MILL” and includes the “COMPLETE 2 LINE PAPER MILL, FINISHING DEPARTMENT, MACHINE & FAB SHOPS”. As an added bonus, it lists the longtime business as a “GREAT DEMO & SCRAP OPPORTUNITY”

The entire property will be auctioned off “piecemeal” according to Maynard’s Industries.

Originally restarted in October of 2012, Harbor Paper cut back operation in February to adjust their management, and despite announcing a full restart in April, no sign of activity has been seen at the mill since. Water and power were cut to the facility in September.

The auction will take place on February 19th at 9am and run 24 hours. Interested parties may preview the site in February by appointment. 15% will be charged on all on-site successful bids. 18% will be charged on all successful online bids.

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Hoquiam budget hit hard by Harbor Paper loss

November 5, 2013 Comments off

The Hoquiam City Council heard a presentation from City of Hoquiam Finance Director Mike Folkers on the mid biennium budget. Folkers said that with Harbor Paper closing, it leaves the city looking to make up $400,000 in their budget.

Folkers also said that the decision to have the paper mill’s contribution in the budget was on his recommendation and he aims to fix it.

The city has saved money on the budget through new medical programs and by leaving a few jobs unfilled. The city is working on budget adjustments that will be brought before the council at their next meeting.

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Harbor Paper loses power and water due to non-payment

September 19, 2013 Comments off

7 months after their shut down to make changes at the mill, Harbor Paper has more hurdles holding them back from a full restart.

Grays Harbor PUD announced that they will cut power to Harbor Paper after they failed to make an agreed-upon weekly payment towards their power bill last week.

“The District regrets having to take this action,” said Dave Ward. “Our main focus is to look out for the interest of our ratepayers.”

The notice from the PUD says that the disconnection will happen on Monday.

The City of Hoquiam cut water service to the facility this week after payments have not been made. Despite only a skeleton crew still working, the company has continued to use thousands of dollars worth of water each month.

KXRO has learned that the company has been removing equipment from their offices on loan from local businesses since February.

A representative from Harbor Paper was not available for comment.

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Harbor Paper employees see more assistance from Worksource

July 12, 2013 Comments off

WorkSource will be conducting a Rapid Response meeting for Harbor Paper Employees at the South Shore Mall Community room at 10am and 3pm on July 16th.

Ron Schmidt from WorkSource Grays Harbor said that the employees have been on lay off since Feb 22nd without much information on the health of the mill, and because of this, the local office is looking at options.

These meetings are only the first step in the process. WorkSource will be applying for Rapid Response Additional Assistance funding. WorkSource be conducting a survey to find out the amount of funding to apply for. A Trade Adjustment Assistance petition has also been prepared and is waiting for approval from the federal Department of Labor. The goal of funding options is to use federal funding made available for dislocated workers.

Schmidt said that while this is the first step of the process to assist workers, it does not immediately mean that funding is available.

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