Reynolds Metals Aluminum Smelter


Columbia River sediment cleanup

Agreed Order 8940 required Millennium and Northwest Alloys (a subsidiary of Alcoa) to remove sediments contaminated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) from a small area of the Columbia River next to the former Reynolds Metals aluminum smelter in Longview.

Work on this project took place during the Nov - Dec 2016 "fish window," a time when fish are least likely to be impacted. Sediment removed was sent to the Wasco County landfill in Oregon for disposal. Clean, sandy backfill replaced what was removed.

Millennium is working on the final report. For more information, read the:

Cleanup Action Plan and Consent Decree

We're currently working to finalize the Cleanup Action Plan and Consent Decree for the cleanup of contamination from former aluminum smelting operations at this site. The comment period on this action ended March 18, 2016.

        All comments received

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This comment period was not an opportunity to comment on the coal terminal proposal that includes this property. Visit for more information on the public process related to that proposal.

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 or (360) 407-7393.

Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study (RI/FS)

The 2015 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 also available at the Longview Public Library. If you'd like a DVD copy of these files, contact Angie Fritz at or (360) 407-7393.

More information

A thorough investigation and cleanup of this site is a high priority for Ecology. Property owner Northwest Alloys, Inc. (NWA, a subsidiary of Alcoa, Inc.) and Millennium Bulk Terminals, Longview are legally responsible for the cleanup, including paying for and performing the work.

Please read the Public Participation Plan for more information about opportunities for public review and comment on the cleanup activities at this site.


Reynolds Metals constructed and operated an aluminum smelter and cable mill on the Columbia River in Longview, WA from 1941-2000.  Their operations permanently closed in February2001. More information on the history of the site

Portions of the site were contaminated by the former aluminum smelter operations:

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



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

Longview, Cowlitz County

Status: Cleanup Started   Get definitions of Status terminology

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