Environmental Projects from 2010 to 2019
Environmental stewardship and sustainability have become a focus of the Port of Port Angeles over the last decade. Per the Port's current strategic plan, our mission is to “bring people, resources and industry together to foster economic prosperity and living wage jobs”. One way the Port executes the mission is by redeveloping contaminated industrial property and providing facilities and infrastructure for local businesses. These actions protect and improve environmental conditions in our community by providing facilities that meet or exceed environmental standards. Over the last 10 years, the Port has spent approximately $18.5 million in the projects improving our environmental performance. Check out our progress below!
In 2009 the Port, in partnership with the City of Port Angeles, installed two 1500KVA transformers at Marine Terminal 1 to provide shore power for ships at berth. When a ship is moored, its electricity can be supplied running its boilers, which burn diesel fuel, or by hooking up to shore side power and shutting down its boilers and generators. The latter is known as the vessel going “cold-iron” which has many advantages:
- The environment wins because there is a reduction in air emissions from ships moored at the Port dock. For 80 tanker days at the dock, this is a reduction of 2300 metric tons of greenhouse house, gas carbon dioxide.
- The shipping company benefits from reduced operational costs, reduced use of diesel fuel, and less wear and tear on the ship’s engines.
- Revenue to Port and City from the sale of power .
- The community benefits from cleaner air and increased ship business.
Boatyard Stormwater Treatment
In 2014 the Port installed a biofiltration and infiltration (rain garden) to treat stormwater generated at the Port Angeles Boat Yard. The Port Angeles Boatyard is a busy and compact “do-it-yourself” yard, were the public can pressure wash, repair and maintain their boats. These activities result in pollutants such as lead, copper and zinc entering the yards stormwater discharge. To reduce pollution in boat yard stormwater Port staff designed, permitted and constructed a rain garden to filter and infiltrate boatyard stormwater. This system treats approximately 800,000 gallons of stormwater a year.
Composites Recycling Technology Center (CRTC)
In 2015 the Port constructed the CRTC with federal, state and local funding. The CRTC develops and demonstrates new product manufacturing by using recycled waste carbon fiber pre-preg. Pre-preg is a carbon fiber with pre-applied (impregnated) epoxy resin. The CRTC is a non-profit whose purpose is to spur growth of environmentally-positive, high-tech composites manufacturing in Clallam County. The Washington State Department of Ecology estimates that two million pounds of carbon fiber composites scrap are generated annually in this state. The CRTC anticipates diverting as much as 1.4 million pounds/year of this high value carbon fiber material by Year 5. In addition to recycling carbon fiber, the facility utilizes a HVAC system with variable flow refrigerants and solar photovoltaic panels to improve energy efficiency.
In 2016 the Port completed the environmental cleanup of the former KPLY Mill Site. The site has a long and rich history of plywood mills and jobs for the people of Clallam County. However during the plywood mill years, the operations of those mills and adjacent bulk fuel plants, contaminated the groundwater and the soil with petroleum hydrocarbons. This cleanup project begin with the demolition of the mill structures in 2012 and was completed by excavating 50,000 tons of contaminated soil in 2016, at a cost of $11.8 million. The Port was reimbursed for this project through Washington State Department of Ecology Grant Funding and contributions from Port insurance and Potentially Liable Persons (PLPs). In 2018 the Port begin to redevelop the site as a Marine Trades Industrial Park.
Fluorescent to LED
In 2016 the Port begin switching fluorescent light to LED bulbs throughout the Port facilities. LED bulbs use 20% less energy and last 13 times longer than fluorescent bulbs. The City of Port Angeles energy efficiency rebate program, has assisted with this ongoing retrofit.
In the summer of 2018 the Port Angeles Boat Haven and John Wayne Marina were certified under the Clean Marina program. Which is an incentive-based certification program in which marinas assess their operations and implement improvements to better protect the environment. Clean Marina Washington provides marina best management practices (BMPs) that are practical and affordable actions that can reduce pollution at the source. By effectively implementing BMPs, marinas and marina tenants may be able to avoid more expensive and restrictive measures being placed on the boating public by regulatory agencies. Under this program the Port will implement additional programs such as marina recycling and tenant education on invasive marine species.
Stormwater Treatment at Marine Terminal & Log Yard
In 2018 the Port installed two separate stormwater treatment systems at the Port Marine Terminal and the Port Log Yard. Port Angeles was built on timber and the Port still exports millions of board feet of logs around the world. Due mostly to debarking activities that ensure pests are not transported across oceans, stormwater runoff from the Port’s log yard and export terminal carried very high pollutant loads that are exceptionally difficult to control. To improve water quality and comply with the most stringent stormwater regulations in the nation the Port installed new conveyance, asphalt paving and advanced treatment at both the Port Marine Terminal 3 and Log Yard. At the marine terminal a combination of asphalt paving and a large biofiltration system (rain garden) was installed to filter pollution from stormwater generated by truck traffic and log loading. At the Log Yard options were limited because of proximity to cultural resources so a chemically enhances sand filtration system was installed. This system removes pollutants (sediment & wood debris) by mixing a coagulant in the stormwater and then filtering out sediment utilizing a system of sand filters. Both of these systems protect water and sediment quality in Port Angeles Harbor.