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Fifth Ward/ Kashmere Gardens UPRR Site

Site Contact:
Casey Luckett
Remedial Project Manager


Site Location:
4910 Liberty Road
Houston, TX 77001

The Fifth Ward/Kashmere Gardens UPRR Site (also called the UPRR Houston Wood Preserving Works Site) is located within the Greater Fifth Ward in the city of Houston, south of the Kashmere Gardens neighborhood and east of Denver Harbor. Formerly owned and operated by Southern Pacific Railroad, the Site ceased operating as a wood treating facility in 1984.  It was acquired by UPRR in 1997 through a merger with Southern Pacific. Contamination associated with the former wood treating operations has been identified both on- and off-site, including creosote contamination in groundwater. The groundwater investigation and cleanup are being addressed under the TCEQ permit, and groundwater is not used as a drinking water source for the surrounding community. 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced an Administrative Settlement Agreement and Order on Consent (AOC) with Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR). The consent order compels UPRR to investigate and evaluate potential contamination in and around the former wood preserving facility in the Greater Fifth Ward area of Houston, Texas. UPRR will conduct the investigation and evaluation and EPA will oversee their work. The field work is expected to begin in early Spring 2023.


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