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Aimee Reynolds
(406) 841-5065


Public Meeting Planned on Livingston Railyard Cleanup


Helena - The Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will hold a public meeting on Thursday evening, August 9, 2012, to provide information on investigation and cleanup activities at the Burlington Northern Livingston Shop Complex (Facility). The public meeting will be held from 7to 9 p.m. in the Community Room of the City/County building, which is located at 414 E. Callender in Livingston.

“We have a lot going on at the railyard,” said Project Manager, Aimee Reynolds. “The focus this year is mainly on cleanup along with some additional investigation, and we want the public to be fully informed.”

Because the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued final toxicity information, DEQ is releasing new proposed final indoor air cleanup levels for the Facility on July 27, 2012. DEQ is soliciting public comment on these proposed cleanup levels presented in the Final Draft Task I Risk Assessment Amendment Number 2 and will consider any written comments received by midnight on August 27, 2012.

DEQ will also provide information about two other documents for which is it soliciting public comment starting on July 27, 2012, and ending on August 27, 2012. The two documents are the Revised Task J Surface Soil Supplemental Investigation Report (Revision No. 2) and the Task M Remedial Action Plan for Asbestos-Containing Materials (Revision No. 2). These documents outline plans for cleaning up contaminated soil at the Facility and asbestos on the railyard that were discovered during soil sampling activities conducted in 2010 and 2011. The documents can be found at

During the public meeting, DEQ will provide information about the proposed changes to the indoor air cleanup levels and the proposed cleanup of contaminated soil and asbestos. DEQ will also provide information about the investigation and cleanup that has been conducted recently at the Facility.

The BNSF Railway Company has continued to remove petroleum from the groundwater, as well as encourage bacterial breakdown of the petroleum that is stuck to the soils and can’t be pumped out. DEQ is requiring BNSF to expand the system this year. At this time, DEQ estimates that over 30,000 gallons of petroleum product have been removed either by pumping or bioventing.

DEQ required BNSF to conduct an investigation to determine if solvents had reached the deeper groundwater found in the bedrock. High concentrations of solvents were found in this water and DEQ is requiring BNSF to find out how much contamination is there and exactly where it is by doing additional investigation this year.

Chlorinated solvent and petroleum contamination resulted from over a century of railyard operations.

The public can contact Project Manager Aimee Reynolds for more information (406)841-5065, (406)431-0425, or, or visit DEQ will make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities who wish to participate in the public meeting. If you require an accommodation, please contact Mary Ann Dunwell at (406) 841-5016 or

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