Summary Information
(last updated on: 6/21/2017 2:57:43 PM)
[June 2017] DEQ is currently accepting public comments on its proposed cleanup plan until June 30, 2017 at 5 p.m. A public meeting was held on Monday evening, May 22nd starting at 6:00 p.m. at Kelley Middle School (cafeteria), 850 Howard Avenue in Eugene. DEQ is recommending that the final cleanup actions for the site include: 1) Institutional controls on the site; 2) Groundwater monitoring at 15 wells for an additional five years; 3) Periodic land and water use review in the adjacent neighborhoods; and 4) A contingency plan for additional sampling if any nearby owners use ground water for domestic (drinking, bathing, etc.) uses.

Railroad operations that began in the early 1900s at the Eugene Railyard caused releases of chemicals to soil and groundwater on the rail yard. Under DEQ's oversight, Union Pacific has investigated the nature and extent of this contamination, and the risk it poses to human health and the environment from 1993 until the present time.

Soil and groundwater contamination within the Railyard mainly consists of petroleum hydrocarbons, industrial solvents, and metals. Outside the Railyard, low levels of solvents are found in groundwater underlying portions of the Trainsong and River Road neighborhoods. Soil in neighborhoods is not affected by the contamination.

DEQ has determined that contaminant levels in well water in the River Road and Trainsong neighborhoods are currently below DEQ's regulatory cleanup levels for outdoor uses, including irrigation, washing, and filling of outdoor swimming pools. All homes in these neighborhoods are connected to the municipal water supply, making indoor tap water safe to drink.

DEQ has also evaluated the threat of contaminant vapors impacting residents in Trainsong and River Road. While vapor issues were a concern in a small part of Trainsong previously, currently vapor concentrations are below levels of concern in all areas.

DEQ has reviewed the Feasibility Study, which evaluated cleanup options for the site.
General Site Information
Site: UPRR - Eugene Yards (ECSI Site ID: 312) CERCLIS (EPA) Id047086210
Project Manager: Teresa Danovich Investigative Status:Listed on the Confirmed Release List or Inventory
PM Phone: (541) 686-7839 NPL(National Priority Listing):No
Address: 341 Bethel Dr. Is this site an Orphan?No
Eugene, 97402 Is this site a brownfield?No
County: LANE Action Underway or Needed: FEASIBILITY STUDY
Region: Western Region Click for more details ...  
Site Documents
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File NameCategory File Size MB Document Date Upload Date
WRDCU312UPRRDEQ_May22_Meeting _Presentation.pdf Correspondence 2.0081 5/22/2017 5/23/2017
HHRA Approval Memo complete.pdf Eco/HH Risk Assessments 2.9894 12/17/2010
River Road fast facts.pdf Fact Sheets 0.0157 9/21/2011
Trainsong fast facts Jun 2012.pdf Fact Sheets 0.0519 6/7/2012
Homegrown Produce FS July 2011.pdf Fact Sheets 0.0776 5/22/2014
PresentationRRNeighborsJuly 2011.pdf Miscellaneous 2.1837 9/21/2011
PresentationTrainsongMeetingAugust2011.pdf Miscellaneous 2.4490 9/21/2011
FSReport_110115.pdf Reports 12.5644 11/1/2015 5/10/2017
WRDCU312UPRRDraftStaffReport5-22-17.pdf RODs/Staff Reports 16.9608 5/22/2017 5/22/2017
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