Samoa Pulp Mill

Vance Avenue, Samoa, CA

Wood pulp mill opened in 1965


Samoa Pulp Mill

Photo taken by Richard Doody in October 2012



The Samoa Pulp Mill was opened by the Georgia - Pacific Corporation in 1965. The mill operated under seven different companies over the next 45 years. It was the subject of numerous law suits and fines by federal and state agencies for violations of air and water discharge permits. From 2008 until 2013 various investors sought funding to restart operations but were ultimately unsuccessful. In August of 2013 the Harbor District of Humboldt Bay bought the mill for one dollar.

Left behind were approximately 30 bulk storage tanks in various states of decay contain approximately 4 million gallons of pulping liquor - a highly corrosive liquid and approximately 10,000 gallons of sulphuric and hydrochloric acids. In addition, approximately 10,000 gallons of fuel and turpentines, as well as, over 3,000 tons of corrosive sludges are on-site. It was observed that the majority of tanks were leaking and also accumulating rain water. The Eureka Times Standard reported the removal of these hazards in September 2014.

Update Log 

  • July 5, 2018: Added by Richard Doody


  • Richard Doody