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Site Summary Report - Details for Site ID 2017, UPRR - St. Johns Tank Farm   

This report shows data entered as of January 20, 2017 at 2:09:54 PM

This report contains site details, organized into the following sections: 1) Site Photos (appears only if the site has photos); 2) General Site Information; 3) Site Characteristics; 4) Substance Contamination Information; 5) Investigative, Remedial and Administrative Actions; and 6) Site Environmental Controls (i.e., institutional or engineering controls; appears only if DEQ has applied one or more such controls to the site).  A key to certain acronyms and terms used in the report appears at the bottom of the page.

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General Site Information

Site ID: 2017 Site Name: UPRR - St. Johns Tank Farm CERCLIS No:
Address: 6908 N Roberts Ave. Portland 97203
  County: Multnomah Region: Northwest
Other location information:
Investigation Status: Listed on CRL or Inventory
Brownfield Site: No NPL Site: No Orphan Site: No Study Area: No
Property: Twnshp/Range/Sect: 1N , 1W , 2 Tax Lots: 3 and 43
  Latitude: 45.6006 deg. Longitude: -122.7691 deg.  Site Size: 2.36 acres
Other Site Names:
  Union Pacific Railroad - St. Johns Tank Farm
  UPRR - Product Transfer Pipeline
  UPRR Fuel Loading Facility
  Portland Harbor Sediment Study
  Chevron Fuel Storage and Loading

Site Characteristics

General Site Description:
Site History:
Contamination Information:
Manner and Time of Release:
Hazardous Substances/Waste Types:
Environmental/Health Threats:
Status of Investigative or Remedial Action: (10/2/99 JMW/SAP) UPRR elected to join VCP after receiving an options letter from the Site Assessment Program. (6/12/01 TER/VCP) On May 4, 2001, UPRR submitted a revised Site Investigation (SI) work plan to VCP for review of additional soil and groundwater investigation. (11/5/02 TER/VCP) Field work was completed in June and July 2001 and several site structures were demolished. A stormwater sump with surrounding petroleum-contaminated soil was removed and UPRR completed another phase of soil and groundwater investigation. (11/23/04 TER/VCP) Additional soil investigation and soil removals were conducted to address lead and PAH contamination in surface soils. PAH contamination may be due to historic deposition of railcar diesel exhaust. An easement that restricts property use to intermittent railroad track uses and maintenance activities was recorded for the site due to potential human exposure to carcinogenic PAHs in surface soil. A conditional no further action was issued on 9/23/04.
Data Sources:

Substance Contamination Information

Substance Media Contaminated Concentration Level Date Recorded
BENZO(a)PYRENE Soil Track area  
LEAD Soil After soil removal action  
OIL OR FUEL RELATED COMPOUNDS Soil O&G 200 - 51,200 mg/kg 6/24/1985
OIL OR FUEL RELATED COMPOUNDS Surface Water O&G 7.9 - 40.5 ug/L 6/24/1985

Investigative, Remedial and Administrative Actions

Action Start Date Compl. Date Resp. Staff Lead Pgm
No Further Action (Conditional)  (Primary Action) 09/23/2004 09/23/2004 Thomas Roick VCS
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Site Environmental Controls

Control Description Begin Date End Date Last Reviewed By Last Review Date
Easement Equitable Servitude 09/07/2004   Tom Roick
  Comments: Easement restricts property use to intermittent railroad track uses and manitenance activities due to potential human exposure to carcinogenic PAHs in shallow soil.
Use Restriction Land 09/07/2004   T. Roick, DEQ
  Comments: Except upon DEQ's prior written approval, site use is limited to intermittent railroad track uses and associated manitenance activities.

Key to Certain Acronyms and Terms in this Report:

  • CERCLIS No.: The U.S. EPA's Hazardous Waste Site identification number, shown only if EPA has been involved at the site.
  • Region: DEQ divides the state into three regions, Eastern, Northwest, and Western; the regional office shown is responsible for site investigation/cleanup.
  • NPL Site: Is this site on EPA's National Priority List (i.e., a federal Superfund site)? (Y/N).
  • Orphan Site: Has DEQ's Orphan Program been active at this site? (Y/N). The Orphan Program uses state funds to clean up high-priority sites where owners and operators responsible for the contamination are absent, or are unable or unwilling to use their own resources for cleanup.
  • Study Area: Is this site a Study Area? (Y/N). Study Areas are groupings of individual ECSI sites that may be contributing to a larger, area-wide problem. ECSI assigns unique Site ID numbers to both individual sites and to Study Areas.
  • Pathways: A description of human or environmental resources that site contamination could affect.
  • Lead Pgm: This column refers to the Cleanup Program affiliation of the DEQ employee responsible for the action shown. SAS or SAP = Site Assessment; VCS or VCP = Voluntary Cleanup; ICP = Independent Cleanup; SRS or SRP = Site Response (enforcement cleanup); ORP = Orphan Program.

You may be able to obtain more information about this site by contacting Thomas Roick at the Northwest regional office or via email at If this does not work, you may contact Gil Wistar at (503) 229-5512, or via email at or contact the Northwest regional office.

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