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Grays Harbor PUD continues cost saving Harbor Paper clean-up

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The Grays Harbor PUD continues to find ways to meet its 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.

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PUD keeping “eyes ahead” of 2014 budget

By [email protected] (Ian Cope)

Regular updates and keeping a close eye on an uncertain future should help the Grays Harbor PUD end 2014 on budget. The PUD has begun to hold monthly internal meetings to review finances for this year and 2015 to put them in a better position to maintain budgeted numbers and handle the unexpected.

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Salvage agreement saves Grays Harbor PUD $75,000

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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.

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PUD, City of Hoquiam partner to remove Harbor Paper water

By [email protected] (Ian Cope)

The Grays Harbor PUD has taken a significant step to fulfill its responsibilities to clean and remove bi-products from the former Harbor Paper mill site. In the next three weeks, over 28-million gallons of treated water will be pumped from holding basins at the Harbor Paper facility into the City of Hoquiam’s sewage treatment system.

In cooperation with the City of Hoquiam, 775 feet of eight-inch high density pipe is now connecting the facility’s secondary treatment pump house with the city’s sanitary sewer system. Gradually, water from the facility’s aeration basin, primary clarifier and secondary clarifiers 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.”

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PUD, City of Hoquiam partner to remove Harbor Paper water

By [email protected] (Ian Cope)

The Grays Harbor PUD has taken a significant step to fulfill its responsibilities to clean and remove bi-products from the former Harbor Paper mill site. In the next three weeks, over 28-million gallons of treated water will be pumped from holding basins at the Harbor Paper facility into the City of Hoquiam’s sewage treatment system.

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Grays Harbor PUD partners with City of Hoquiam to begin cleanup at Harbor Paper

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The Grays Harbor PUD has taken a significant step to fulfill its responsibilities to clean and remove bi-products from the former Harbor Paper mill site.  In the next three weeks, over 28-million gallons of treated water will be pumped from holding basins at the Harbor Paper facility into the City of Hoquiam’s sewage treatment system.

In cooperation with the City of Hoquiam, 775 feet of eight-inch high density pipe is now connecting the facility’s secondary treatment pump house with the city’s sanitary sewer system.  Gradually, water from the facility’s aeration basin, primary clarifier and secondary clarifiers 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 of water represents the last water to be treated at the Harbor Paper facility.  Prior to the elimination of electrical services at the facility in September of 2013, the system was flushed over a seven-day period to remove any organic materials.  The water now held in the basin and clarifiers has been tested by the City of Hoquiam and found to be essentially free of contaminants.

The removal of water from the Harbor Paper site 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 Properties, LLC, the PUD is obligated to clean and remove the facility’s water treatment system and remove solid bi-products 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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Grays Harbor PUD receives recognition for reliable operations

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The Grays Harbor Public Utility District’s reputation for reliability is growing.  The PUD is one of 184 of the nation’s 2,000 public power utilities and one of four in Washington to earn the Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) designation from the American Public Power Association for providing their customers with the highest degree of reliable and safe electric service.

 

“This is a district-wide honor.  Providing our community with reliable, quality services is a huge responsibility and it’s one that everyone at the Grays Harbor PUD takes seriously,” said General Manager Dave Ward.  “We have made great strides over the last year to ensure that we have a system that our customers can rely on and this designation is much appreciated recognition of that fact.”

 

The RP3 designation recognizes public power utilities that demonstrate proficiency in four key areas: reliability, safety, workforce development and system improvement.  The criteria within each category are based on sound business practices and represent a utility wide commitment to safe and reliable delivery of electricity.

 

This is the second consecutive RP3 designation for the Grays Harbor PUD, which was also honored for the 2012-2014 period.  The designation is the second piece of good news concerning system reliability that the PUD has announced this year.  In February, the district released a report on system reliability indicating that the total number of power outages were down in 2013.

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