Waste was found to not contain enough harmful chemicals to be considered hazardous
The comment period on our proposed decision to allow Emerald Kalama Chemical (Emerald) and Fire Mountain Farms (FMF) to change how they manage some of their waste ended Dec. 12, 2019. While state and federal law currently consider the waste to be “listed” as hazardous waste, the companies collected data shows it does not contain enough harmful chemicals to be considered dangerous.
Emerald and FMF submitted petitions to exclude (or “delist”) a one-time amount of up to 20,100 cubic yards of material containing trace amounts of benzene, toluene, and other chemicals from the list of federal hazardous wastes. In the events that led to this petition process, FMF mixed Emerald’s wastewater treatment plant sludge with treatment solids from other facilities and land-applied or stored the mixed material at its facilities.
How do we make this decision?
Step 1: The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) held a comment period on its decision to grant the petitions. Visit https://www.federalregister.gov (Docket # EPA-R10-RCRA-2019-0662) for more infomration on the EPA's decision.
Step 2: We held a comment period on our proposed decision to approve the petitions.
Read the comment notice for more information.
If approved, these petitions would allow the companies to manage the mixed material that is currently stored at three facilities owned and operated by FMF in Lewis County (Big Hanaford, Burnt Ridge, and Newaukum Prairie) as solid waste instead of hazardous waste.
Emerald Kalama began operating an organic chemical plant in 1962 and currently has about 215 employees at it's Kalama plant. It processes toluene into chemicals for food, flavor, fragrance, and pharmaceutical industries.
- It produces about 194,000 tons of chemicals each year.
- Wastewater from the chemical-making process is treated and sent to the Columbia River. This makes up approximately 2 percent of all the wastewater from this facility.
- About 98 percent of what is sent to the Columbia River is non-contact cooling water.
The Southwest Clean Air Agency regulates the plant's air quality activities. Visit the Southwest Clean Air Agency website or call 360-574-3058 for more information.
Emerald Kalama Contacts
Facility phone: 360-673-2550
Location: 1296 Third St. NW, Kalama, Wash.