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Public Notice: Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Facility, West Burlington, Iowa

Publish Date: 01/09/2020


Public Comment Period Extended - Proposed Final Remedies for Corrective Action Cleanup

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 7 is providing notice that the public comment period on the Proposed Final Remedies for Corrective Action Cleanup for several Solid Waste Management Units (SWMUs) and the Locomotive Repair Shop at the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway facility, located at 1801 NW Burlington Avenue, West Burlington, Iowa, is being extended at the request of the Respondent.

The sites with proposed remedies are:

  • Septic Vault (SWMU 16)
  • Grease Lake Surface Impoundment (SWMU 18)
  • Former Sludge Drying Beds (SWMU 24)
  • Former Lye Vat (SWMU 26)
  • Former Paint Stripping Building and Drying Bed (SWMU 27)
  • Locomotive Testing Area (SWMU 40)
  • Former Municipal Landfill (SWMU 41)
  • BNSF Construction Landfill (SWMU 42)
  • SWMU 41/42 Setback Area
  • West Holding Track Area (SWMU 52)
  • Locomotive Repair Shop

The locations of these SWMUs and other units are depicted on facility maps contained in the Administrative Record. The original public comment period, which began Nov. 29, 2019, and ended Dec. 30, 2019, is hereby extended until Jan. 29, 2020.

Send all written comments to:

Ruby Crysler
11201 Renner Boulevard
Lenexa, KS 66219

The Proposed Final Remedies address on-site soil contamination at the facility due to past operations. Facility-wide groundwater will be addressed in a future proposed remedy decision document.

EPA encourages the public to review the Administrative Record at the following locations during normal business hours:

Burlington Public Library
210 Court Street
Burlington, IA 52601

EPA Region 7 Records Center
11201 Renner Boulevard
Lenexa, KS 66219

A public meeting is not scheduled at this time. EPA will conduct a public meeting and receive both oral and written comments, if the public requests one in writing with a statement of issues to be raised at the meeting. Send any requests to Ruby Crysler at the address listed above.

For more information, please contact EPA:

Ben Washburn
Community Involvement Coordinator
U.S. EPA Region 7 (ORA/OPA)
11201 Renner Boulevard
Lenexa, KS 66219
Toll-free: 1-800-223-0425

Applicant or Respondent

Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Facility
West Burlington, IA