Intalco Aluminum Corp Ferndale

PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD MAY 20, 2021-JUNE 21, 2021

We invite you to comment on the Periodic Review of post-cleanup conditions and monitoring data at Intalco's closed:

  • Beach I and II Landfills.
  • Double-Lined Landfill.
  • Closed Construction Debris Landfill.
It finds that the cleanup completed at the site is performing as planned and remains protective of human health and the environment.

Submit comments using the online comment form, or send comments to:

Ha Tran
Department of Ecology
Industrial Section
P.O. Box 47600
Olympia, WA 98504-7600

Due to COVID-19, documents will not be available for review at Department of Ecology offices or the local library nearest to the facility. If you’d like to receive a copy of documents to review, please contact Angelina Ward at angelina.ward@ecy.wa.gov or 360-407-6916.


BACKGROUND

Located at 4050 Mountain View Road in Ferndale, cleanup activities at this Site include closure of several landfills Intalco used to dispose of wastes created by aluminum production.

Beach 1 landfill (closed November 29, 2005), Beach 2 landfill (closed November 25, 2005), and the Closed Construction Debris landfill (closed October 4, 2006), contained solid waste and construction debris. Testing at these sites found chemicals of concern, including:  

  • Fluoride, aluminum, chromium, copper, lead, zinc, PCBs, and PAHs in the groundwater.
  • Fluoride and aluminum in the surface water.
  • PCBs, PAHs, and fluoride in the soil.

In response to this concern, waste from the Beach 1 and Beach 2 landfills were moved to the Double-Lined and Triple-Lined landfills. The cleanup of the Closed Construction Debris Landfill included stabilizing slopes and installing a protective cover.

  • The Double-Lined landfill, closed September 14, 2007, contains solid waste and construction debris.
  • The Triple-Lined landfill, closed November 28, 2012, contains dangerous waste (spent potliner), solid waste, and construction debris.

Since this was done, contamination from the landfills has been below levels of concern. Long term monitoring for fluoride, weak acid dissociable cyanide, and total PCBs from Beach 1, Beach 2 and the Closed Construction Debris landfills is required.


 

Map showing site location as Whatcom County, WA SITE INFORMATION

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Cleanup Site Details Report

Facility Site ID: # 16

Cleanup Site ID: 2280

Location:
Ferndale, Whatcom County

Status: Cleanup Complete-Active O&M/Monitoring   Get definitions of Status terminology

Comment Period:
MAY 20, 2021 - JUNE 21, 2021

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