Record Display for the EPA National Library CatalogRECORD NUMBER: 5 OF 17
|Main Title||Enforcement decision document : Burlington Northern, MN.|
|CORP Author||United States. Environmental Protection Agency.|
|Publisher||U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Emergency and Remedial Response ; Reproduced by National Technical Information Service,|
|Subjects||Hazardous waste sites--Minnesota. ; Burlington Northern site (Minn.)|
|Additional Subjects||Water pollution ; Ground water ; Waste disposal ; Creosotes ; Polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons ; Industrial wastes ; Minnesota ; Ecology ; Soil tests ; Superfund ; Burlington Northern(Site)|
The Burlington Northern (BN) site is located in both the City of Baxter and the City of Brainerd, Minnesota. During the 1950s, BN began mixing creosote, a preserver, with Number 5 fuel oil in a 1:1 ratio and later changed to creosote and coal tar which is presently being used in a 70:30 ratio. Wastewater generated from the wood treating process was sent to two shallow, unlined surface impoundments for disposal. The discharge of wastewater to the disposal ponds generated a sludge that contaminated both the underlying soils and ground water. Ground water contamination is restricted to a relatively small area downgradient from the site. The primary contaminants of concern include: PAHs, heterocycles, and phenols. Remedial action is proposed and detailed in the report.
"June 4, 1986." "PB87-190054." "Office of Emergency and Remedial Response."