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Comment Period

Burlington Northern Othello cleanup site

Fourth periodic review report

April 18, 2022 - May 17, 2022, 11:59 p.m.

We invite you to review and comment on the draft periodic review report, which includes the results of our site condition review to ensure cleanup is still protective.

The site was built as a railroad yard in 1908 and was used for refueling steam and electric locomotives and later diesel locomotives. BNSF Railway Company purchased the property in 1980 and continued operations until 1982. Columbia Basin Railroad now uses the property to load grains into railroad cars. Petroleum was found in soil and groundwater as a result of locomotive refueling activities. 

Cleanup included capping contaminated soil that could not be removed with asphalt, diverting groundwater around contaminated soil, and filing the restrictive covenant that ensures the integrity of the cleanup action and protects people from exposure.

We removed the site from the Hazardous Sites List in 2003 as part of our first periodic review following cleanup construction in 1997. We verified the cleanup actions were still effective in 2008, 2012, and 2022.

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Next steps

We will review comments received during the comment period and make recommendations for suggested changes. The periodic review will become final if no significant changes are made. An additional public comment period will be held if significant changes are made.

We will hold an online public meeting if 10 or more people request one.

About periodic reviews

We conduct a periodic review at least every five years at cleanup sites where some contamination remains, as required by the Model Toxics Control Act. The purposes of the review are to evaluate site conditions and to ensure continued protection of human health and the environment.

This is the second periodic review for this cleanup site.

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Ted Uecker
4601 N. Monroe St.
Spokane, WA 99205
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Ted Uecker
Site Manager

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