Textile Plant Decommissioning and Closure, Southern California

The decommissioning and closure of a large textile in Anaheim was completed between April and September 2011 and entailed the systematic removal of process equipment, chemicals and wastes. During the closure, specific areas of the plant, including the Wet Processing Department (e.g., Dyehouse), a wastewater plant and a secondary containment platform for bulk chemical storage, were evaluated for environmental impacts in compliance with a Facility Closure Permit issued by the City of Anaheim under the Certified Unified Program.

The subject textile operation was housed within a single-story 272,000 ft2 light industrial complex in south-central Anaheim. The subject building was erected in the mid-1970s. In 1999, a variety of tenant improvements were made to the building to render it suitable for textile manufacturing operations, including knitting, wet processing (fabric coloring and softening), and finishing of cotton and polyester fabrics. During decommissioning, all process equipment and chemical and tenant improvements were removed. MD&E managed and executed all required environmental and waste evaluations, including characterization of subsurface and building materials, concurrent with decommissioning activities. The Facility Closure Permit was closed by the City of Anaheim without deficiencies.