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Environmental Cleanup Site Information (ECSI) Database Site Summary Report - Details for Site ID 55, JH Baxter & Co. - Eugene

This report shows data entered as of December 9, 2023 at 7:59:48 AM

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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Environmental Cleanup Site Information (ECSI) Database Site Summary Report - Details for Site ID 55, JH Baxter & Co. - Eugene

General Site Information

Site ID: 55 Site Name: JH Baxter & Co. - Eugene CERCLIS No: 009032400
Address: 85 Baxter St. Eugene 97402
  County: Lane Region: Western
Other location information:
Investigation Status: Listed on CRL or Inventory
Brownfield Site: No NPL Site: No Orphan Site: Yes Study Area: No
Property: Twnshp/Range/Sect: 17S , 4W , 27 Tax Lots: 100, 103
  Latitude: 44.0627 deg. Longitude: -123.1541 deg.  Site Size: 42.5 acres
Other Site Names:

Site Characteristics

General Site Description:
Site History:
Contamination Information: (3/11/94 AL/SRS) 3 sources of contamination have been identified and include the runoff containment pond and associated land irrigation; the retort facilities; and the former burn pit.
Manner and Time of Release: Operating practices, discharge to unlined pond, burning from 1945 to present.
Hazardous Substances/Waste Types: PCP, creosote, arsenic, chromium, copper, dioxins/furans
Pathways: Groundwater, soil, and surface water are contaminated. Contaminated storm water moves off-site (this is being addressed through DEQ stormwater discharge permit #101072). Sediments sampled from the on-site settling pond were found to be contaminated with copper, arsenic, PCP, and dioxins/furans.
Environmental/Health Threats: Potential for exposure to contaminated soil and groundwater. Compounds found at the site are known or suspected carcinogens.
Status of Investigative or Remedial Action: (3/11/94 AL/SRS) In 12/85, DEQ issued a NPDES permit for an on-site surface impoundment. Among other things, the permit required Baxter to initiate a groundwater monitoring program at the site. (To date, the company has completed 3 phases of a groundwater investigation. They have also submitted quarterly GW monitoring reports since 1986.) An administrative Consent Order for an RI became effective 8/7/89. The temporary discharge to the Eugene POTW continued through the 4th quarter. Carbon polishing units were added to the treatment system during 12/93 and discharge to surface water initiated during 1/94. Treated water meets the NPDES levels. Phase II RI on-site soil sampling was conducted during 1/94; quarterly water sampling was conducted during 2/94. Project issues: extent of groundwater, surface water, and soil contamination. (NMW/SRS 7/14/95) Surface water treatment system in design stage, for treatment of water before passing to city stormwater system. (8/95 NMW) FS Work Plan report submitted. (7/6/98 PSR/SRP) Progress continues toward completion of the RI/FS. Revisions to the Oregon Environmental Cleanup Laws and rules required additional data collection and analysis, temporarily delaying completion of the RI/FS. The primary remaining RI tasks include completion of the ecological risk assessment, determination of the presence and/or extent of off-site arsenic and PAH contamination in soil, revision of the human health risk assessment, and identification of "hot spots" of contamination. Following their completion, work on the FS will begin. Operation of the groundwater interim remedial action system (IRAM) initiated in 1/94 continues. 173 million gallons of groundwater containing approx. 730 lbs of PCP have been extracted and treated through June 1999. The PCP groundwater plume has been found to extend off-site to the west and northwest of the facility. A supplemental groundwater investigation was completed in Summer 2001 to determine the extent of this contamination. (4/25/02 PSR/SRS) The project schedule calls for completing the RI/FS by December 2002.

(2/15/05 GCB) DEQ is working with JH Baxter to finalize the risk assessment and begin working on Remedial Action Objectives for the Feasibility Study.

(9/11/07GCB) Baxter proposed an interm remedial action consisting of placing a soil cap over the eastern 11 acres of the site. DEQ recommends completing the interim action, pending closure of the public comment period on 9/30/07.

(8/1/2018) Bryn Thoms is PM, currently in RDRA scope negotiations.
Data Sources: Project file located in Eugene DEQ office.

Substance Contamination Information

Substance Media Contaminated Concentration Level Date Recorded
ACENAPHTHENE Groundwater 2,300 ppb  
ARSENIC Groundwater 0.18 ppm  
CRESOLs Groundwater 900 ppb  
FLUORANTHENE Groundwater 3,100 ppb  
NAPHTHALENE Groundwater 10,000 ppb  
PENTACHLOROPHENOL Groundwater 4,300 ppb  
PHENANTHRENE Groundwater 5,400 ppb  
PYRENE Groundwater 2,200 ppb  

Investigative, Remedial and Administrative Actions

Action Start Date Compl. Date Resp. Staff Lead Pgm
REMEDIAL ACTION  (Primary Action) 10/14/2019 05/08/2020 Susan Turnblom CU
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Site Environmental Controls

Control Description Begin Date End Date Last Reviewed By Last Review Date
Easement Equitable Servitude 11/17/2010   Geoff Brown 11/17/2010
  Comments: Deacribes ongoing requirements to maintain the engineered cap over the eastern 11 acres of the site (Tax Lot 103)
Cap, engineered 12/13/2007   Greg Aitken 08/28/2014
  Comments: Engineered cap over the eastern 11 acres of the site (Tax Lot 103).

Key to Certain Acronyms and Terms in this Report:

You may be able to obtain more information about this site by contacting Susan Turnblom at the Western regional office or via email at If this does not work, you may contact Ximena Cruz Cuevas (503) 229-6811, or via email at or contact the Western regional office.