Read the 2016 review of cleanup site conditions and monitoring.

The Emerald Kalama property is a 155-acres parcel in the Kalama Industrial Park, Washington. The property consists of mostly wetland areas between the I-5 and the Columbia River.  Contaminants of concern at this site include:

  • Benzene
  • Tolulene
  • Biphenyl
  • Bis(2ethylhexyl)phthalate
  • Phenol
  • Benzoic acid
  • Arsenic
  • Volatile organic compounds
  • Semi-volatile organic compounds
  • Diphenyl oxide
In 1962, Dow Chemical Company constructed the plant to manufacture phenol. In 1971, three former Dow employees purchased the plant and renamed it Kalama Chemical. Kalama Chemical expanded production to specialty chemicals, which are manufactured using intermediates from toluene oxidation. Kalama Chemical sold the plant to Rogers Sugar, a Canadian-based company, in 1990. Ownership subsequently passed to Freedom Chemical in 1994, BFGoodrich in 1998, Noveon in 2001, and Lubrizol in 2004. Emerald Performance Materials, a subsidiary of Sun Capitals, bought the plant and property in 2006. They renamed the plant Emerald Kalama.

Site investigations found releases of hazardous substances to the soil and groundwater under the plant.
  • Releases in the west area next to the Columbia River came from the former tar residue area, transfer sump, and west tank farm.
  • Releases in the central area were from the facility's sewer system.
  • Contamination in the groundwater flows north toward the wetland and west toward the river.

An organic chemical manufacturing plant currently operates on 35 acres of the property. The plant uses toluene to manufacture 15 chemicals for food, flavor/fragrance and pharmaceutical industries. It produces about 194,000 tons of chemicals each year.


Map showing site location as Cowlitz County, WA SITE INFORMATION


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Cleanup Site Details Report

Facility Site ID: # 1082

Cleanup Site ID: 3686

Kalama, Cowlitz County

Status: Cleanup Started   Get definitions of Status terminology

Garin Schrieve
Site Manager
(360) 407-6999

Angie Fritz
Public Involvement Coordinator
(360) 407-7393

Document Repositories:

Industrial Section
300 Desmond Dr SE
Lacey, 98503-1274