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Union Pacific Railroad Yard

Phone: (541) 686-7838 x252
Contact: Greg Aitken

Project Background

The Union Pacific Railroad Yard in Ashland is located on a 20-acre parcel approximately ¼ mile northeast of downtown. The rail yard was operated by the Southern Pacific Transportation Company as a locomotive maintenance, service, and railcar repair facility between 1887 and 1986. Environmental sampling at the site found soils and surface waters to be contaminated with metals and petroleum compounds related to historic rail yard operations.

In 1993, Southern Pacific began a remedial investigation and feasibility study for the site.  A remedial investigation report was approved by DEQ in 1999. The report identified potential risks to human health and the environment, due to residual heavy metal and petroleum-related compound contamination in site soils. In February 2001, Union Pacific completed a feasibility study identifying and evaluating remedial alternatives for the site.

DEQ’s selected remedial action addresses site contamination through excavation of soil containing contaminants above residential cleanup levels and transport of this soil off site for treatment and/or disposal.  The remedy also includes removal and disposal of the former rail yard operation’s surface features and contaminated soil near these surface features.   These actions are considered to be protective, effective, reliable, implementable and cost-effective.

Key Project Documents

DEQ Documents

 The link listed below is the DEQ webpage with all information related to the Ashland project.

City of Ashland Documents

 UPRR Science and Engineer Consultants

Kennedy Jenks Consultants are managing the Ashland project for UPRR.  The link listed below is their FTP site with various postings related to the project including the ROD and detail maps.


Contact Info

If you have any questions, comments, or any information you wish to share with DEQ about this site, please e-mail DEQ Project Manager Greg Aitken or contact him by phone at (541) 686-7838 extension 252 or Ann Seltzer at the City of Ashland at 541-552-2106.

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