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Railroad operations that began over 100 years ago at the Eugene
Railyard have resulted in environmental contamination from hazardous
substances. Under DEQ's oversight, Union Pacific investigated the nature
and extent of this contamination, and the risk it poses to human health
and the environment.
Soil and groundwater contamination on the Railyard consists mainly of
petroleum hydrocarbons, industrial solvents, and metals. Outside the
Railyard, low levels of solvents are found in groundwater underlying
portions of the adjacent Trainsong and River Road neighborhoods. DEQ and
Oregon Public Health Division have concluded that well water in the
River Road and Trainsong neighborhoods is safe 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.
Union Pacific has conducted significant groundwater cleanup on the
Railyard, beginning in 2005. Union Pacific and DEQ will evaluate final
remedial alternatives in a Feasibility Study, which should be completed
Solvent vapors from contaminated groundwater can make their way up and
into buildings. DEQ has concluded that vapor intrusion is not a threat
in the River Road neighborhood. Vapor intrusion previously affected a
small number of homes in the Trainsong neighborhood. The groundwater
cleanup on the rail yard has helped to reduce the levels of solvent
vapors, and currently vapor intrusion in the Trainsong neighborhood is
not a threat.
The Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) has conducted several
Public Health Consultations and Assessments related to the Union Pacific
Eugene Railyard. DHS has concluded that chemicals on the rail yard do
not present a health hazard to River Road or Trainsong residents.
What's Happening Now
DEQ has begun evaluating options for a final remedial
action to address contamination that may pose a health threat to workers
on the rail yard, and to ensure that nearby residents are not exposed to
chemicals in the groundwater above regulatory levels. DEQ will ask for
public comments on its proposed final remedial action plan in 2012.
Do You Have a Water Well on Your Property?
Are you a well owner or well water user in River Road or Trainsong? A
key element of this project is understanding how River Road and
Trainsong neighbors use well water, because the groundwater in some
areas does contain low levels of contamination that could be unsafe for
some uses. Some homes in these neighborhoods have wells that are used
for irrigation. Currently DEQ believes that all residents in these areas
use city water (EWEB) for their household water supply. If you have a
well that you use, or are thinking of using for irrigation or other
uses, please refer to the Groundwater
Use Map to see recommendations DEQ has for using your well water
For Trainsong Neighbors
For River Road Neighbors