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Rumor Control: Railroad Property clean-up

The City has received e-mails from citizens expressing concern about “toxic waste” being removed from the Railroad Property between Hersey and A Streets.  There are no plans to transport toxic waste from the Railroad Property.

Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR), the owner of the property, has informed the City of a plan to remove an underground fuel storage bunker from its property and about 7,500 cubic feet of dirt that surrounds it; an area covering about two acres.  Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) considers this low-risk contaminated soil; contaminated primarily with petroleum and petroleum byproducts.

UPRR expects the project to take five weeks, working Monday through Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and anticipates approximately 25 trucks per day to and from the site.  Existing soil will be removed and replaced with clean fill.  The City has required that all truck loads be covered and truck wheels be washed before the trucks leave the site.  The trucks will enter and leave the property via Clear Creek Drive (on the west side of the property), Oak Street and Eagle Mill Road.

The City has required erosion control, dust control and fire prevention measures to be in place for the duration of the project.  In addition, the City has required UPRR to set aside funds for potential street repairs.

When the City is informed of the date the project will begin, notices about the project will be mailed to all residences and businesses in the area located in the shaded area of this map.  This is not a full site clean-up as has been proposed in previous years.

Many details are still being worked out between UPRR and DEQ.  Updated information will be posted on the City website as more information becomes available from UPRR.

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