Port of Kalama Suspends Wastewater Treatment Plant Operation

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The Port of Kalama has retained a contractor to haul away wastewater generated from port facilities while its wastewater treatment plant is temporarily out of operation.

Port of Kalama, environment, marina, recreation, water, Columbia River

The mission of the Port of Kalama is to induce capital investment in an environmentally responsible manner to create jobs & enhance public recreational opportunities.

Our objective is to make sure our wastewater treatment is in compliance. We’re committed to that and working in consultation with the state Department of Ecology.

The Port of Kalama has retained a contractor to haul away wastewater generated from port facilities while its wastewater treatment plant is temporarily out of operation. Wastewater will be taken to a licensed treatment facility.

The port suspended operations of the plant after placing its licensed wastewater treatment plant operator on administrative leave pending a review, according to Port of Kalama Executive Director Mark Wilson.

The port’s treatment plant processes domestic wastewater from facilities located in the industrial area.

Wilson, citing the issue as a personnel matter, declined to comment on the treatment plant operator’s review. He also declined to speculate about how long the plant would be out of operation.

“Our objective is to make sure our wastewater treatment is in compliance,” Wilson said. “We’re committed to that and working in consultation with the state Department of Ecology.”    

The Port of Kalama has been recognized several times—most recently in 2016—with the Wastewater Treatment Plant Outstanding Performance award from the Washington State Department of Ecology. Port of Kalama was recognized for excellent management of the effluent limits, monitoring and reporting requirements, spill prevention planning, pretreatment, and overall operational demands of the NPDES permit.

About Port of Kalama – Where rail and water meet:
The Port of Kalama is located in Southwest Washington on the Columbia River and immediately off of Interstate Highway 5. The port exists to induce capital investment in an environmentally responsible manner to create jobs and to enhance public recreational opportunities. Port of Kalama's industrial area includes five miles of riverfront property adjacent to the 43' federally-maintained deep draft navigation channel of the Columbia River. The Port is served by the Burlington Northern/Santa Fe and Union Pacific railroads. There are over 30 businesses located at the Port of Kalama, employing over 1,000 people. Port of Kalama offers all the superior facilities businesses need to thrive, and an unsurpassed quality of life. The port offers shovel ready sites, a new Industrial Park, state of the art Marine Terminals and transportation accessibility to rail and highway all just a 30-minute drive to the Portland International Airport. Port of Kalama also offers high-bandwidth communications, with dual access fiber-optic service to Seattle and Portland. Properties currently available at the port for businesses wishing to expand and thrive: Visit http://portofkalama.com/available-properties/.

Contact: Liz Newman, marketing manager, Port of Kalama, 360-673-2379 or Claudia Johnson, PR, 503-799-2220.

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