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AGENCY Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
ISSUE 08/05/2005
ACTION Miscellaneous

Notice of Public Meeting on Thursday, September 15, 2005, at Pershing Elementary School in San Antonio, Concerning the Phipps Plating State Superfund Site

The purpose of the meeting is to obtain public input and information concerning the intent to take no further remedial action at the site and to delete the site from the state Superfund registry.

The executive director (ED) of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ or commission) is issuing this public notice of intent to take no further remedial action at the Phipps Plating state Superfund site (site) and to delete the site from the state Superfund registry. The state registry is the list of state Superfund sites that may constitute an imminent and substantial endangerment to public health and safety or the environment due to a release or threatened release of hazardous substances into the environment. The commission is proposing this deletion because the ED has determined that due to removal actions that have been performed, the site no longer presents such an endangerment. This combined notice of intent was also published in the San Antonio Express News on August 5, 2005.

The site was proposed for listing on the state Superfund registry in the July 22, 1997, issue of the Texas Register (24 TexReg 6897). The site, including all land, structures, appurtenances, and other improvements, is located at 301 - 305 East Grayson Street, San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas. The site also includes any areas where hazardous substances had come to be located as a result, either directly or indirectly, of releases of hazardous substances from the site.

Phipps Plating started operating an electroplating metal parts and fixtures facility in 1948. The San Antonio regional office of the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission (TNRCC), predecessor agency of the TCEQ, inspected the abandoned site in May 1993. The TNRCC conducted an emergency removal of sludge and drummed waste and then secured access to the site by fencing the perimeter and securing all entrances to the building. In November 1994, the TNRCC conducted a preliminary assessment inspection to assess the site for the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Upon determination that the site did not qualify for the National Priorities List, the site was proposed to the state Superfund registry. A remedial investigation was conducted and soil contaminated with metals was removed from the site. These removal actions resulted in off-site soils being restored to residential use and on-site soils being restored to commercial/industrial use.

Tetrachloroethene (PCE) has impacted shallow groundwater under the site; however, the source of the contamination is upgradient, northeast, of the site. The groundwater flow is northeast to southwest. The TCEQ Field Operations Division will conduct further investigation.

Notice has been filed in the Bexar County real property records that the site is designated for commercial/industrial use.

As a result of the removal actions that have been performed at the site, the ED has determined that the site no longer presents an imminent and substantial endangerment to public health and safety, and the environment. No further action is necessary at the site and the site is eligible for deletion from the state registry of Superfund sites as provided by 30 TAC §335.344(c).

The commission will hold a public meeting to receive comments on the proposed deletion of the site and the determination to take no further remedial action. This public meeting will be legislative in nature and is not a contested case hearing under Texas Government Code, Chapter 2001. The public meeting will be held September 15, 2005, at 7:00 p.m., in the cafeteria of Pershing Elementary School, 600 Sandmeyer Street in San Antonio, Texas.

All persons desiring to make comments may do so prior to or at the public meeting. All comments submitted prior to the public meeting must be received by 5:00 p.m., September 15, 2005, and should be sent in writing to Kristy Mauricio, Project Manager, TCEQ, Remediation Division, MC 143, P.O. Box 13087, Austin, Texas 78711-3087 or by facsimile (512) 239-2450. The public comment period for this action will end at the close of the public meeting on September 15, 2005.

A portion of the record for this site, including documents pertinent to the proposed deletion of the site, is available for review during regular business hours at the San Antonio Central Library, 600 Soledad Street, San Antonio, Texas, (210) 207-2500. Copies of the complete public record file may be obtained during regular business hours at the commission's Records Management Center, Records Customer Service, Building E, First Floor, MC 199, 12100 Park 35 Circle, Austin, Texas 78753, (800) 633-9363 or (512) 239-2920. Photocopying of file information is subject to payment of a fee. Parking for persons with disabilities is available on the east side of Building D, convenient to access ramps that are between Buildings D and E.

Persons with disabilities who have special communication or other accommodation needs who are planning to attend the meeting should contact the agency at (800) 633-9363 or (512) 239-2141. Requests should be made as far in advance as possible.

For further information regarding this meeting, please call Bruce McAnally, TCEQ Community Relations, at (800) 633-9363.


Paul C. Sarahan

Director, Litigation Division

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

Filed: July 26, 2005

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