Region 8

Ogden Railroad Yard

Ogden Railroad Yard site location map Site Type: Non-NPL
City: Ogden
County: Weber
Street Address: 305 W. 21st
ZIP Code: 84401
EPA ID: UTD000716407
SSID: 087E
Site Aliases: Ogden Rail Yard
Congressional District: 1

What's New?

Updated October 2011

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in cooperation with the Utah Department of Environmental Quality (UDEQ), conducted the first five-year review of the remedial actions implemented at the Ogden Railroad Yard site located in Ogden, Utah. The review was conducted from February through September 2011.

The five-year review found that the remedies at the site were constructed in accordance with the Records of Decision and are functioning as designed. Immediate threats have been addressed and there are no current or potential future exposures to groundwater at the site. The selected remedies are expected to achieve groundwater cleanup goals through Monitored Natural Attenuation, which is expected to take approximately 25 years. The five-year review concluded that the site is protective of human health and the environment. The report documenting the review and its findings is available in Site Documents below. The second five-year review will be performed by September 2016.

Site Description

The Ogden Railroad Yard site is located in Ogden, Utah, an urban community located 35 miles north of Salt Lake City in Weber County. The site extends from Riverdale Road on the south, to the Ogden River (20th Street) on the north, the Weber River on the west, and Wall Avenue on the east. The site runs in a north-south direction over a distance of 3.4 miles. The site contains several railroad-related facilities as well as private industrial facilities.

The site was first used as a rail yard by the Transcontinental Railroad in 1869. Since that time, four additional railroad companies have operated on portions of the site. These railroad companies were Union Pacific Railroad (UPPR), Southern Pacific Railroad (SPRR), Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad (D&RGW) and the Ogden Union Railway and Depot Company (OUR&D).

In 1996, UPRR merged with SPRR and now the site is being operated under the ownership of UPRR. The Union Pacific station serves as a landmark of the railroad's existence in the community.

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Site Risk

There have been several contaminants found on the Ogden Railroad Yard site. The contaminants are: low pH, lead, benzene, toluene, ethyl benzene, xylenes, naphthalene and benzopyrene. Groundwater samples showed a groundwater plume consisting of vinyl chloride and a free-phase petroleum product.

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Cleanup Progress

The site was successfully cleaned up in August 2007 with the removal of contaminated subsurface soils from the former industrial sewer. The City of Ogden started implementing a plan for a large commercial development for part of this land while the final work on the clean-up was being completed.

Utah Transit Authority (UTA) purchased approximately 18.16 acres at the site, which are located to the south and west of the intersection of 22nd Street and Wall Avenue in Ogden, and expanded their light rail service from Salt Lake City to Ogden. UTA's extension of the rail service greatly improves air quality by reducing the number of cars commuting to Salt Lake City. Consequently, UTA was allowed to construct the flyover bridge and a passenger station during the remediation work at this site.

UPRR worked with EPA to establish an environmental covenant between the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT), UDEQ and the City of Ogden to maintain the institutional controls. Ongoing quarterly site inspection and groundwater well monitoring is being conducted by UPRR's contractor.

The UDOT owned the 21st Street Pond property, which was deeded to the City of Ogden once the coffer dam was constructed and legal property transfer requirements were completed.

The 21st Street Pond property has been renamed Good Lake and is being redeveloped as a water skiing park. In accordance with the institutional controls for this site, Ogden City is maintaining the coffer dam. The Coffer Dam and Soil Cover Operation and Maintenance Plan is the institutional control which details how the city maintains the remedy to prevent exposure to dense non-aqueous phase liquids (DNAPL). Additionally, this remedy requires that the city report to UDEQ and EPA regarding its maintenance activities.

The City of Ogden is supportive of having the pond open to public fishing again, which was a concern expressed by the local community. In response, EPA provided 250 fish to stock Good Lake. Currently, fish tissue testing is being conducted to determine if the public can fish in the lake again.

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Community Involvement

Community involvement plays an important role in the Superfund process. EPA uses a number of different tools and resources to promote effective, on-going, meaningful community involvement. The goals of the Superfund community involvement program are to:

  • Keep communities affected by sites informed throughout the cleanup process.
  • Provide opportunities for communities to comment and offer their input about site cleanup plans.
  • Facilitate the resolution of community issues tied to a site.

A Community Involvement Plan (CIP) was developed in August 1999 and revised in December 2007. The revised CIP can be found in Site Documents below.

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Site Documents

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Ogden Railroad Yard: Reuse Fact Sheet, August 2013

First Five-Year Review Report (PDF), September 2011 (108 pp, 8.3 MB)

Community Involvement Plan, December 2007

Explanation of Significant Differences for OU4 (PDF) (CVOC groundwater plumes), February 21, 2006 (7 pp, 31 K)

Record of Decision – Sitewide and OU4 (PDF) (CVOC groundwater plumes), September 30, 2004 (70 pp, 612 K)

Record of Decision for OU1 (PDF) (21st Street Pond), September 30, 2004 (67 pp, 563 K)

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Erna Waterman
Remedial Project Manager
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 8
1595 Wynkoop Street (EPR-SR)
Denver, CO 80202-1129
800-227-8917 ext. 312-6762 (toll free Region 8 only)

Libby Faulk
Regional Public Liaison
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 8
1595 Wynkoop Street (OC)
Denver, CO 80202-1129
800-227-8917 ext. 312-6083 (toll free Region 8 only)


Michael Storck
Project Manager
Utah Department of Environmental Quality
Environmental Response & Remediation
195 North 1950 West
Salt Lake City UT 84114-4840

Dave Allison
Community Involvement Coordinator
Utah Department of Environmental Quality
195 North 1950 West
Salt Lake City, UT 84116

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