Community Information about the Union Pacific Site in Houston's Fifth Ward
About the Union Pacific Railroad Houston Wood Preserving Works Site (UPRR)
EPA is working to provide assistance in understanding the existing data and the proposed remediation plan for the UPPR site in Houston's Fifth Ward/Kashmere Gardens.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is committed to advancing environmental justice and incorporating equity considerations into all aspects of our work, including permitting, enforcement, and cleanup activities under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) to ensure that historic and ongoing impacts of contamination on overburdened communities are fully considered and addressed.
The Union Pacific Railroad Houston Wood Preserving Works site (UPRR) is located adjacent to the Kashmere Gardens community within the Fifth Ward in the City of Houston. Formerly owned and operated by Southern Pacific Railroad, the site ceased operating as a wood preserving facility in 1984.
UPRR is conducting ongoing investigation and cleanup of the site under a Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) Industrial and Hazardous Waste Permit under its approved RCRA program.
- 90‐Day Notice of Intent to Sue from the City of Houston (pdf) (311.04 KB)
- 90-Day Notice of Intent to Sue from the Office of the Harris County Attorney (pdf) (255.13 KB)
- 90-Day Notice of Intent to Sue from the Bayou City Initiative (pdf) (2.31 MB)
- EPA Letter to Texas Health and Environment Alliance (THEA) (pdf) (131.07 KB, May 4, 2022)
- EPA Letter to Fifth Ward resident (pdf) (220.81 KB, May 4, 2022)
- Letter to EPA from THEA (pdf) (2.24 MB, April 8, 2022)
On March 14, 2022, EPA finalized comments and recommendations after an extensive review of TCEQ’s proposed permit renewal and corrective action amendments that govern cleanup of contamination at the UPRR site.
- Comment Letter from EPA to TCEQ (pdf) (March 14, 2022)
On September 9, 2021, EPA's Acting Assistant Administrator for the Office of Land and Emergency Management, Barry Breen, sent a letter to UPRR transmitting the questions posed by Mayor Turner in his June 25, 2021 letter and requested that the company provide answers to the questions by September 30, 2021 (extended to October 21, 2021). EPA received UPRR’s response on October 21, 2021.
- Letter to EPA from Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner (pdf) (3.93 MB, June 25, 2021)
- EPA Letter to UPRR (pdf) (5.03 MB, September 9, 2021)
UPRR Response to EPA Letter (pdf)
(6.68 MB, October 21, 2021)
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