Burlington Northern (BN) Facility - Whitefish, State Superfund Facility, near Railway Street and Spokane Avenue, is an active, approximately 90-acre locomotive fueling and repair facility, which has operated since the 1890s. The Facility had three separate fueling areas: a freight fueling area west of the highway overpass and two Amtrak fueling areas east of the overpass on either side of the Amtrak depot, known as the east and west passenger fueling areas. Three wastewater lagoons are located in the freight fueling area. Spills and leaks at the fueling facilities and oily discharges to the wastewater lagoons caused soil and shallow groundwater contamination with petroleum products (primarily diesel), polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and heavy metals.
The unfenced Facility is located on the north edge of downtown Whitefish. Commercial and residential areas abut the Facility's southeastern boundary and the Whitefish River forms its southwest boundary. Neither the river nor the shallow groundwater is used for drinking water. The river is used for irrigation and recreation. The City of Whitefish receives water from reservoirs located in the mountain drainages above the city.
Documents relating to this project will be available for download and/or viewing on this page as they are finalized. Some documents are available in the information repository for the Facility at the Whitefish Library, 9 Spokane Ave., Whitefish, MT 59937.