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AGENCY Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
ISSUE 12/02/2005
ACTION Miscellaneous

Notice of Public Meeting Concerning the Addition of the Former Tenaha Wood Treating Facility to the State Superfund Registry

Notice of public meeting on January 12, 2006, in Tenaha, Shelby County, Texas, concerning the former Tenaha Wood Treating facility (the site). The purpose of the meeting is to obtain public input and information concerning the proposal to add the former facility to the state registry of Superfund sites, and the identification of potentially responsible parties.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ or commission) is required under the Texas Solid Waste Disposal Act (the Act), Health and Safety Code, Chapter 361, as amended, to annually publish a state registry that identifies facilities 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 most recent registry listing of these facilities was published in the April 29, 2005, issue of the Texas Register (30 TexReg 2583).

In accordance with the Act, §361.184(a), the commission must publish a notice of intent to list a facility on the state registry of state Superfund sites in the Texas Register and in a newspaper of general circulation in the county in which the facility is located. The commission hereby gives notice that the commission's executive director has determined that the site is eligible for listing and that the executive director proposes to list the site on the state registry. The commission proposes a residential land use designation for the site. Determination of appropriate land use may impact the remedial investigation and remedial action for the site. The TCEQ is proposing a residential land use designation based on the existing land use of the property, as prescribed in 30 TAC Chapter 350, Texas Risk Reduction Program, under §350.53.

This publication also specifies the general nature of the potential endangerment to public health and safety or the environment as determined by information currently available to the executive director. This notice of intent to list this site was also published on December 1, 2005, in the Timpson & Tenaha News and on December 2, 2005, in The Center Light & Champion .

The site proposed for listing is the former Tenaha Wood Treating facility, located south of Tenaha's city limits at 275 County Road 4382 in Shelby County, Texas. The geographic coordinates of the site are Latitude 31 degrees 55 minutes 1 second North and Longitude 94 degrees 13 minutes 54 seconds West. The description of the site is based on information available at the time the site was evaluated with the Hazard Ranking System (HRS). The HRS is the principal screening guide used by the commission to evaluate potential, relative risk to public health and the environment from releases or threatened releases of hazardous substances. The site description may change as additional information is gathered on the sources and extent of contamination.

The site is a six-acre lumber treating facility where two residences are presently situated. Wood treating operations were conducted from 1980 to 1985.

Pentachlorophenol (PCP) was used in the wood preservation process until 1982. Chromated copper arsenate was used in the wood preservation process from 1982 until wood treating operations ceased in 1985. According to a United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) site inspection report from 1984, no diking structures or runoff control systems were in place to mitigate hazardous substance releases; and stained soils and areas void of vegetation were observed in the drainage pathways and treatment areas.

The substances generated by the wood treatment processes on site include arsenic, copper, chromium, PCP, and dioxins. Data collected for the purposes of the HRS evaluation revealed elevated levels of arsenic, chromium, PCP, and dioxins in on-site soils and along the overland drainage pathway. An intermittent tributary to Flat Fork Creek and a wetland downstream from the site have observed elevated levels of dioxins attributable to the former wood treating operations at this site.

A public meeting will be held January 12, 2006, at 7:00 p.m., at the Tenaha City Hall, located at 122 North Center, Tenaha, Texas. The purpose of this meeting is to obtain additional information regarding the site relative to its eligibility for listing on the state registry, identify additional potentially responsible parties, and obtain public input and information regarding the appropriate use of land on which the site is located. The public meeting will be legislative in nature and not a contested case hearing under the Texas Administrative Procedure Act, Texas Government Code, Chapter 2001.

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., January 11, 2006. Comments should be sent to Omar Valdez, Project Manager, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Remediation Division, MC 136, P.O. Box 13087, Austin, Texas 78711-3087 or by facsimile at (512) 239-2303. The public comment period for this action will end at the close of the public meeting on January 12, 2006.

A portion of the record for this site, including documents pertinent to the executive director's determination of eligibility, is available for review during regular business hours at the Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library, 619 Tenaha Street, Center, Texas, (936) 598-5522. 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, 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 is available on the east side of Building D, convenient to access ramps that are between Buildings D and E.

Information is also available regarding the state Superfund program on the TCEQ Web site at http://www.tceq.state.tx.us/remediation/superfund/index.html .

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

For further information about this site or the public meeting, please call Crystal Taylor, TCEQ Community Relations, at (800) 633-9363, extension 3844.


Paul Sarahan

Director, Litigation Division

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

Filed: November 22, 2005

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