Reynolds Metals Aluminum Smelter

WHAT'S HAPPENING NOW

Final Consent Decree

We finalized the Consent Decree (CD) and Cleanup Action Plan (CAP) for the former Reynolds Metal site near Longview. The CAP is found in the CD as Exhibit B.

This is the plan and legal agreement to clean up contamination left over from decades of operation as an aluminum smelter. Now work will begin on the engineering design and permitting for the cleanup.

The selected cleanup action will focus on 12 distinct site units containing fluoride and/or polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) compounds in soil. Two areas of shallow groundwater containing fluoride will also be cleaned up. The cleanup action also addresses a small area containing petroleum hydrocarbons that was identified within the eastern portion of the site during demolition activities.

Cleanup actions include the following activities.

  • Excavation, consolidation and capping of the larger waste/contaminated soil deposits.
  • Removal and offsite disposal will be used to address petroleum contamination.
  • Groundwater contamination will be allowed to diminish naturally and installation of permeable reactive barriers in key areas will further reduce the potential for migration of fluoride in groundwater.
  • Restrictions will be placed on the property deed to limit the use of shallow groundwater and ensure that the cleanup features (low permeability caps, fences, monitoring system, etc.) will remain in-place.
  • Ongoing monitoring will ensure that the success of the cleanup will be measured and tracked through time.
Please join our listserv to receive notices about the cleanup by e-mail. If you'd like to receive notice by mail, contact Angie Fritz at angela.fritz@ecy.wa.gov or (360) 407-7393.
 


Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study (RI/FS)


The RI/FS is a support document to the CAP and CD. It identifies contamination at the site from past aluminum smelting activities, and options for cleanup of the contamination. These documents are available online and at the Longview Public Library. If you'd like to review these files at Ecology’s office or receive a copy of them, please send a request to publicrecordsofficer@ecy.wa.gov.


More information

Property owner Northwest Alloys, Inc. (NWA, a subsidiary of Alcoa, Inc.) and operator Millennium Bulk Terminals, Longview are legally responsible for the cleanup, including paying for and performing the work.

This is the same site as the coal terminal Millennium proposed to build. Visit https://ecology.wa.gov/Regulations-Permits/SEPA/Environmental-review/SEPA-at-Ecology/Millennium for more information on what’s happening with that proposal.


BACKGROUND

Reynolds Metals constructed and operated an aluminum smelter and cable mill on the Columbia River in Longview, WA from 1941-2001. Portions of the site were contaminated by these activities.  

  • Soils show elevated levels of fluoride and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and total petroleum hydrocarbons (TPHs)
  • Groundwater contains fluoride and PAHs


RELATED INFORMATION


 

Map showing site location as Cowlitz County, WA SITE INFORMATION

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Site Summary Report

Facility Site ID: # 29

Cleanup Site ID: 11796

Location:
Longview, Cowlitz County

Status: Cleanup Started   Get definitions of Status terminology

Contacts:
Garin Schrieve
Site Manager
(360) 407-6999

Angela Fritz
Public Involvement Coordinator
(360) 407-7393


Document Repositories:

Industrial Section
300 Desmond Dr SE
Lacey, 98503-1274
(360)407-6916