Cameron Yakima Inc
1414 S 1st St, Yakima, WA 98901-1729


Cameron Yakima Inc. is a part of the Yakima Railroad Area (YRRA). The Yakima Railroad Area is approximately six square miles in size and includes parts of the cities of Yakima and Union Gap. The Yakima Railroad Area groundwater is contaminated with tetrachloroethylene (PCE or PERC) from past industrial use, and is centered around the railroad/industrial corridor of the greater Yakima area.

PCE is a manufactured chemical that is widely used for dry cleaning of fabrics and for metal-degreasing. It is also used to make other chemicals and is used in some consumer products.

Exposure to PCE can be from the air, chemical use, soil, or water.  PCE can affect the kidneys, liver, nervous system, and reproductive system, as well as unborn children. There is also an increased risk of certain types of cancer.

More information about potential sources of PCE and associated health risks can be found on the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) website.


The Cameron Yakima facility was one of approximately 15 facilities in the United States which regenerated spent carbon. The carbon contained various hazardous wastes, which are removed through thermal (heat) treatment. 

A wide variety of industries send their hazardous wastes to Cameron-Yakima to be treated or disposed of such as auto manufacturers, electronics, aircraft, photography, dry cleaning, photo copying, and other manufacturers. The businesses, known as "generators" shipped contaminated carbon filters to the Cameron-Yakima facility to be cleaned. 

Under state regulations, any business that uses or produces hazardous materials is responsible for those materials from "cradle to grave", which covers the life of the materials.  

Soil sampling completed at the Cameron-Yakima facility found PCE in the soil in concentrations up to 720,000 parts per billion, the highest levels to date found at any site within the Yakima Railroad Area; 500 ppb in soil is the level that is safe for human health. Contamination from approximately 20 other hazardous substances was also found.

After a Site Hazard Assessment, the Site was ranked a “1” on the Hazardous Sites List. The Hazardous Sites List is a statewide list of contaminated properties.  Sites can be ranked from a “1” to “5”.  A rank of “1” is the highest level of environmental concern compared to other sites on the List, and a rank of “5” is the lowest.


in 1994, Ecology issued an Enforcement Order requiring a Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study (RI/FS). 

In 2000, Ecology supervised remedial actions at the site to remove contaminated soils. 


Groundwater monitoring continues at the site as part of the Yakima Railroad Area groundwater monitoring project.



Map showing site location as Yakima County, WA SITE INFORMATION


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Cleanup Site Details Report

Facility Site ID: # 458

Cleanup Site ID: 4359

Yakima, Yakima County

Status: Construction Complete-Performance Monitoring   Get definitions of Status terminology

Document Repositories:

Central Regional Office
1250 W Alder St
Union Gap, 98903-0009