Alcoa has award-winning professionals who manage cleanup.

Read more


Latest Project Updates April 5, 2012
Alcoa, Millennium submit draft plan for cleanup of former Reynolds site

February 20, 2012
Alcoa forming public advisory board as part of Reynolds site cleanup



Alcoa & Longview
Over the last ten years, developing and implementing sound environmental remediation solutions for the former Reynolds Aluminum Smelter in Longview, WA has been the focus of many in Southwest Washington and Cowtlitz County. Through cooperative relationships, Alcoa, Northwest Alloys, local citizens, state and federal agencies and scientists have worked together to determine the best cleanup solutions and most feasible uses for the port. 


The Issue
Reynolds’ activities during operations between 1941-2000 at the Reynolds Longview Reduction Plant resulted in environmental impacts at the site. Over the past decade, we have been working hard to remedy that.  We are now working with Millennium Bulk Terminals Longview, LLC (Millennium) and all regulatory agencies to move the process forward and accomplish a full site clean-up as thoroughly and as soon as possible.


The Solution
Northwest Alloys, a subsidiary of Alcoa, has undertaken the cleanup and has invested millions of dollars developing and implementing solutions for the Longview Site and Terminal. In addition, we along with Millennium have held numerous public meetings, and are currently forming a Community Advisory Board in order to provide us with input and advice to the cleanup process.


Great progress has already been made and significant clean-up activities have been completed.


For more information on the clean-up of the Longview site, please visit the Ecology’s site page.


The Future
In the fall of 2011 Northwest Alloys and Millennium submitted a report with preliminary testing results from the site to the Department of Ecology. By the end of March, 2012, we will submit an updated Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study (RI/FS) to Ecology, detailing contamination and feasibility of possible cleanup options at the site.  Once Ecology receives the updated RI/FS, they will review it and begin work on a draft Cleanup Action Plan and Consent Decree. The public will be notified of opportunities to comment on draft documents.


Progress that is made throughout 2012 will be added here regularly so the community and other interested parties will have access to up-to-date information.


For more information about our commitment to Longview, current site status or about joining our Community Advisory Board, please contact us.


Total Materials Recycled, Reused, or Disposed of To-Date:


Material Source How Managed Total Quantity (in Tons)
Copper Potrooms Recycled 3,568
Aluminum Potrooms Recycled 7,538
Aluminum General Plant Recycled 40
Steel Potrooms Recycled 28,600
Steel General Plan Recycled 9,840
Anode Carbon Potrooms Reused 24,324
Spent Potliner Potrooms Disposed of 26,000
Underflow Solids Fume System Disposed of 3,245
Scrap Yard Debris Scrap Yard Disposed of 1,004
ESP Cleanings ESPS Disposed of 500
Bath Potrooms Disposed of 3,275
Cleanup debris Potrooms, General Plant Disposed of 2,929
Ditch cleanup dirt South Ditches Disposed of 2,663
Pitch contaminated debris Carbon Plant Disposed of 46
Copper, Brass General Plant Recycled 68
Steel, Aluminum Cryolite Recovery Plant Recycled 800
Concrete Cryolite Recovery Plant Recycled 150
Construction Debris Cryolite Recovery Plant Disposed of 161
Brick/Refractory Cryolite Recovery Plant and Cast Houses Reused 532
Underflow Solids Cryolite Recovery Plant Disposed of 850
Wood Waste General Plant Disposed of 90
Thin Stillage (corn milk) Imported from off-site Disposed of 1,801,512 gallons
Storm Water Coke Storage Area Disposed of 915,000 gallons