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Public Notice: Railcar of Nebraska Facility (aka Greenbrier Rail Services), Omaha, Nebraska

Publish Date: 02/20/2019


Legal Notice - Proposed Determination of Corrective Action Complete Without Controls

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 7, 11201 Renner Boulevard, Lenexa, KS 66219, invites the public to comment on the proposed determination of Corrective Action Complete Without Controls under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), as amended, for the Railcar of Nebraska Facility (aka Greenbrier Rail Services), Omaha, Nebraska (EPA ID# NED986369098).

EPA is hereby proposing a determination of Corrective Action Complete Without Controls for this facility. Corrective Action Complete Without Controls means that the facility owner/operator has satisfied RCRA corrective action obligations. Based on information currently available, EPA has developed a Proposed Agency Decision Memorandum with an Administrative Record (AR), which includes all documents supporting the Proposed Decision of Corrective Action Complete Without Controls. EPA is not aware of any environmental releases of hazardous constituents at the facility at levels that present a potential threat to human health or the environment. EPA will make a Final Decision after considering all comments.

The Railcar of Nebraska (RCN) facility is located 28th and N Street in Omaha, approximately one mile west of the Missouri River. The RCN facility began operations in 1978, which included vehicle maintenance, welding, cutting, machining, replacing worn or damaged parts, sandblasting and painting. In December 1999, the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ) received a complaint that RCN was disposing of 55-gallon drums of paint onto the ground and burying the paint with sand. The paint-contaminated, sand blast material and all the drums of hazardous waste were disposed of in 2000 and 2001. RCN entered into a Consent Order with NDEQ for closure of the Sand Blast Mixing Area and Container Storage Area. The sites underwent closure in 2002 and sampling results indicated that no contamination was present in soils at concentrations exceeding Closure Performance Standards.

Two steel underground storage tanks were removed from the facility in February 1991. The underlying soil had a petroleum odor. In February 1994, NDEQ notified RCN that they were required to perform a site investigation of the tanks and remediation, if necessary. Site assessment began in April 1994. NDEQ reviewed the site assessment report and required RCN to monitor groundwater contamination. In July 1995, NDEQ determined that contamination was not a threat to public health and safety. The decision was public noticed, and NDEQ informed RCN that no further remedial actions were required at the time. On-site monitoring wells were subsequently abandoned. Greenbrier acquired ownership of the facility and greatly expanded operations in September 2006. The facility is currently known as GBW Railcar Services. Based on information available at the EPA Regional Office, 11201 Renner Boulevard, Lenexa, Kansas, the site does not currently present contaminant levels that require cleanup.

EPA encourages the public to review the Administrative Record, which is available for public review during normal business hours at the EPA Region 7 Records Center, 11201 Renner Boulevard, Lenexa, KS 66219; and the South Omaha Public Library, 2808 Q Street, Omaha, NE 68107. Comments on EPA’s Proposed Decision summarized in the Memorandum must be submitted to EPA within the 30-day comment period beginning Feb. 20, 2019, and ending March 21, 2019. All comments must be submitted in writing via mail or email to EPA’s point of contact listed below. A public availability session is not scheduled at this time. However, a session may be requested in writing. The request must include a statement of issues related to the Proposed Decision and findings in the Memorandum. EPA will evaluate each request to determine its applicability to the Proposed Decision and whether a public availability session is appropriate.

EPA will consider all comments before making a Final Decision. If the decision is substantially unchanged from the one summarized in the Memorandum, EPA will issue a Final Decision and inform all persons who submitted written comments or requested notice of EPA’s decision. If the Final Decision is significantly different from the one proposed, EPA will issue a public notice explaining the new Proposed Decision and reopen the comment period. The Memorandum is available on EPA’s website.

For additional information, please contact Ruby Crysler, Waste Remediation and Permitting Branch, U.S. EPA Region 7, 11201 Renner Boulevard, Lenexa, KS 66219; by email at; or by phone at (913) 551-7409.

Applicant or Respondent

Railcar of Nebraska Facility (aka Greenbrier Rail Services)
Omaha, NE