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PenPly stack heads for implosion…

PenPly stack to be stripped before crews tumble it down

Workers are expected to begin unwrapping plastic sheathing from around the former Peninsula Plywood smokestack this week — perhaps today — as Port of Port Angeles officials and site demolition contractors make plans to topple the 175-foot structure April 8.

The tower is scheduled to disappear from the city’s skyline at 3:30 p.m. that Monday next month.

It will take about 2½ weeks to remove the protective plastic and dismantle scaffolding, port Director of Engineering Chris Hartman said.

The scaffolding and plastic were put into place so that workers could remove asbestos-laden paint as part of the port’s $1.6 million project to demolish 11 buildings on the 19-acre site at 439 Marine Drive.

Hartman said an environmental consultant with Seattle-based Argus Pacific Inc. was slated to conduct air-monitoring tests Monday before signing off on demolition by the end of the day.

Previous air-monitoring tests have passed “with flying colors,” he said earlier Monday.

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