Salvage agreement saves Grays Harbor PUD $75,000

The Grays Harbor PUD says they continue to find ways to meet their responsibility to clean a portion of the Harbor Paper mill site with the smallest possible financial impact.

On Wednesday, the PUD commissioners authorized the district to enter into a contract with Hero Demolition Corporation for the demolition and removal of the buildings and equipment that make-up the facilities wastewater treatment plant.  The cost of the demolition will be covered by an agreement under which Hero Demolition will take possession of and remove all salvageable materials.

“The Grays Harbor PUD is committed to cleaning its share of the Harbor Paper site in a way that is responsible to both our customers and the environment,” said Commission President Russ Skolrood.  “This agreement meets that commitment.  We are working with a contractor who will not only demolish the wastewater facility, but will also remove the remaining material.  That lowers the cost by thousands of dollars.”

By allowing Hero Demolition to retain all the salvageable material, the PUD will save an estimated $75-thousand.  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.