Union Pacific Railroad plans to clean up and develop a former Southern Pacific rail yard in Ashland.
The Ashland Daily Tidings reports that Union Pacific plans to excavate 36,000 tons of soil from contaminated land along the tracks and haul the material away by train.
For 100 years — from 1886 to 1986 — the land was used for railroad servicing and repairs. It is contaminated with lead, arsenic and polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons. Hydrocarbons often result from petroleum processing or combustion and can be highly carcinogenic.
The state Department of Environment Quality is overseeing the project that Union Pacific is voluntarily performing.