The federal government transferred the Alaska Railroad to the state-owned Alaska Railroad Corporation in 1985. The Alaska Railroad Corporation owns the property known as Anchorage Terminal Reserve. Anchorage Terminal Reserve includes a rail yard and other properties leased to tenants. The area covers about 600 acres. Much of the land is near Ship Creek, in an industrial area of Anchorage. It is bordered by Cook Inlet to the west, Elmendorf Air Force Base to the north, the Mountain View community to the east, and downtown Anchorage to the south.
The rail yard includes a track system, repair buildings, a fueling area, a steaming rack, warehouses, and offices. Activities at the rail yard have included fueling, painting, steam cleaning, freight loading, and maintenance work on locomotives and rail cars.
Properties outside the rail yard, leased to tenants, have been used for many different types of activities. These include power plants, trucking and transit operations, fuel storage, auto salvage, and many others.
Both the rail yard and the properties outside the rail yard have had many documented environmental problems. Concerns have included solid waste handling, hazardous waste storage, seeps to Ship Creek, spills, and elevated contaminant levels in soils, groundwater, and sediments. Sampling results will help determine whether and to what extent a threat to human health or the environment exists.
Remedial Investigation Report (PDF) with Human Health Risk Assessment and Ecological Risk Assessment (171 pp. 690K to start) Note: To obtain other parts of this report, please contact Howard Orlean (firstname.lastname@example.org). - May 12, 2008.
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