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Taylor Lumber and Treating Site

Second Five-Year Review in Progress

The second Five-Year Review of the Taylor Lumber and Treating Site will be completed in May 2017. The first Five-Year Review was completed in 2012 (see "Technical Documents" below).
    Cleanup Activities

    In 2008, we completed the final cleanup of this site, including:
    • Excavating contaminated soils from five acres of the site;
    • Cleaning and restoring adjacent roadside ditches and ditches flowing to the South Yamhill River;
    • Replacing an existing asphalt cap in the wood-treating area with a new low permeability asphalt cap;
    • Disposing of stockpiled soil storage cells off-site; and
    • Upgrading the storm water conveyance systems.
    In 2009-2010, we completed a long-term operation and maintenance plan and a groundwater monitoring plan.

    In 2011, we implemented institutional controls to restrict groundwater use and non-industrial land use at the site and began annual groundwater monitoring and sampling. The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is now overseeing the long-term groundwater monitoring and sampling at this site. Annual groundwater monitoring reports are provided under "Technical Documents" below.

    Site History

    Taylor Lumber and Treating operated a wood-treating plant at 22125 SW Rock Creek Road in Sheridan, Oregon. For over thirty years, toxic and cancer-causing chemicals, such as creosote and pentachlorophenol (PCP), were used to preserve wood. Many wood-treating chemical spills contaminated soil and groundwater at the site.

    The property is now owned and operated by McFarland Cascade Holdings (Stella-Jones Corporation) who manufactures treated wood utility poles and railway ties. McFarland Cascade has ongoing obligations related to property use restrictions, and operations and maintenance on the property.


    Site Contact
    Remedial Project Manager:
    Joe Wallace (wallace.joe@epa.gov)

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