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AGENCY Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
ISSUE 11/04/2005
ACTION Miscellaneous

Notice of Deletion of Phipps Plating Site from the State Superfund Registry

The executive director (ED) of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ or commission) is issuing this notice of deletion of the Phipps Plating State Superfund Site (the Site) from its proposed-for-listing status on the list of state Superfund sites (state registry). The state registry lists the contaminated sites which 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 Site was originally proposed for listing on the state registry in the July 22, 1997, issue of the Texas Register (22 TexReg 6897). The Site, including all land, structures, appurtenances, and other improvements, is approximately 1/2 acre located at 301-305 Grayson Street, San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas. The Site also included any areas where hazardous substances came to be located as a result of, either directly or indirectly, releases of hazardous substances from the Site.

Phipps Plating started operating an electroplating metal parts and fixtures facility in 1948. The TCEQ's San Antonio regional office inspected the abandoned site in May 1993. The TCEQ 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 TCEQ 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. The remedial investigation and removal actions were performed at the Site. Removal actions included the removal of all on-site buildings, structures, and metal-contaminated soils on and off site. The removal actions resulted in off-site soils being restored to residential use, and on-site soils being restored to commercial/industrial use.

The Site is not appropriate for residential use according to the protective concentration levels in the Texas Risk Reduction Program. A deed notice was filed in the real property records of Bexar County stating that no further remediation of the Site is required by the TCEQ as long as the Site is not to be used for residential purposes.

In accordance with 30 TAC §335.344(b), the commission held a public meeting on September 15, 2005, at Pershing Elementary School in San Antonio, to receive comments on the intended deletion of the Site. No comments were received at the public meeting.

The complete public file, including a transcript of the public meeting, may be viewed 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. Fees are charged for photocopying file information.

In accordance with 30 TAC §335.344(c), the ED has determined that due to the removal actions that have been performed, the Site no longer presents an imminent and substantial endangerment to public health and safety or the environment.

In accordance with Texas Health and Safety Code, §361.188(d), a notice will be filed in the real property records of Bexar County, Texas, stating that the Site has been deleted from the state registry.

All inquiries regarding the deletion of the Site should be directed to Bruce McAnally, TCEQ Community Relations, (800) 633-9363.


Paul C. Sarahan

Director, Litigation Division

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

Filed: October 25, 2005

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