The Former Houston Wood
Preserving Works Site

Union Pacific Statement on Developments at the Houston Wood Processing Works Site

Union Pacific is focused on the safety of the Fifth Ward community, and actively working on remediation. We’ve made measurable progress with on site clean up since acquiring the property in a 1997 merger and are committed to finishing the job. Union Pacific proactively sought involvement from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) following the Houston Health Department’s September 2022 report citing the need for more soil testing. The additional testing, as agreed upon in our collaborative approach, is required to accurately determine the true extent and source of contamination in the neighborhood. Relocation should be based on a human health risk assessment, which is part of the upcoming efforts that we are eager to begin once EPA gives final approval. We will engage with the community throughout the process.

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