Superfund Site: TAYLOR LUMBER AND TREATING
Superfund Site Profile
EPA Region 10 has completed the Taylor Lumber Second Five-Year Review (2017). The remedy continues to function as intended and remains protective of human health and the environment.
- Site is zoned for industrial uses and is expected to remain in industrial use.
- Groundwater contamination is contained to the site area. Groundwater monitoring results show stable or decreasing levels of contamination. Groundwater at the site is not used, is not expected to be used, and wells for drinking water or other uses are not allowed.
- Activities that could damage the covering sealing the contaminated soils (the MatCon asphalt cap) are restricted.
- Stormwater is discharged from the Site at two locations under an Oregon permit. There have been occasional instances where discharges have exceeded permit limits. The facility is actively developing plans to correct these exceedances.
- The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality carries out groundwater monitoring, conducts annual site inspections, and ensures that operation and maintenance activities are carried out.
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.