We regulate the air, water, hazardous waste, and cleanup activities at the Alcoa Intalco Aluminum Corporation facility in Ferndale.
Air quality permit violation
On Jan. 30, 2019, we issued a $27,500 penalty (pdf) to the Intalco aluminum smelter in Ferndale for air quality violations.
In 2016, Intalco made changes in its operations to prepare for a planned shutdown. That shutdown was canceled, but the operational changes and loss of trained staff led to issues at the smelter.
This caused a number of violations of the facility’s air quality permit — exceeding the fluoride limit 10 times and particulate limit once — between January 2017 and April 2018.
On August 1, 2018, we issued Notices of Violation 15749 (pdf) and 15812 (pdf).
Where can you get more information?
Intalco began operating in 1966 and has about 580 employees. The facility turns alumina ore into aluminum metal. Recycling of aluminum does not take place at this location.
- At full production, Intalco is capable of making approximately 307,000 tons of aluminum metal each year.
- Wastewater from the aluminum making process, as well as stormwater runoff and sanitary wastewater from the site, is treated and sent to the Strait of Georgia.
Facility phone: 360-384-6061
Location: 4050 Mountain View Road, Ferndale, Wash.