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

Notice of Meeting in San Angelo Concerning the San Angelo Electric Services Company Facility

The purpose of the meeting is to obtain public input and information concerning: proposal of the facility to the state registry of Superfund sites; the identification of potentially responsible parties; and the proposal of non-residential land use.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is required under Texas Health and Safety Code, Chapter 361, Solid Waste Disposal Act (the Act) 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 March 26, 2004, issue of the Texas Register (29 TexReg 3278).

Under the Act, §361.184(a), the TCEQ must publish a notice of intent to list a facility on the state registry of Superfund sites in the Texas Register and in a newspaper of general circulation in the county in which the facility is located. With this publication, the TCEQ is giving notice that the agency is proposing to list the San Angelo Electric Services Company (SESCO) facility on the state registry. By this publication, the TCEQ is also giving notice under the Act, §361.1855 that it proposes a land use other than residential as appropriate for the facility. The TCEQ is proposing a land use designation of commercial/industrial based on the existing land use of the property, as is prescribed in 30 TAC §350.53, Land Use Classification. Determination of appropriate land use may impact the remedial investigation and remedial action for the site.

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 TCEQ. This notice was also published on December 2, 2005, in the San Angelo Standard Times.

The SESCO facility is located at 926 Pulliam Street between Browning Street and the AT & SF Railroad in San Angelo, Tom Green County, Texas. The geographic coordinates of the site are 31 degrees, 28 minutes, 15.2 seconds, North Latitude and 100 degrees, 25 minutes, 19.4 seconds, West Longitude. The description of the facility is based on information available at the time the facility was evaluated with the Hazard Ranking System (HRS). The HRS is the principal screening tool used by the TCEQ to evaluate potential, relative risk to public health and the environment from releases or threatened releases of hazardous substances. The description of the facility may change as additional information is gathered on the sources and extent of contamination.

The SESCO facility covers approximately six acres and has been in commercial/industrial use since 1946. Land use around the facility is mixed residential and commercial/industrial. The San Jacinto Elementary School is located across Pulliam Street, south of the facility.

SESCO began operation on the property in 1946. The company built, repaired, and serviced electrical transformers and other electrical equipment at this site. SESCO declared bankruptcy and went out of business in August of 2003. In response to documented releases at the facility, TCEQ collected and analyzed both soil and groundwater samples from the facility and adjacent properties during the spring of 2003. Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), a hazardous man-made electrical insulating fluid once used in transformers, were discovered in the soil and groundwater both on and off the SESCO property. Based on these sample results, in combination with sample results from investigations previously conducted by SESCO, TCEQ conducted an emergency removal. The emergency removal included excavating off-site contaminated soils in residential yards, an alley along North Browning Street, the northernmost portion of the San Jacinto Elementary School's soccer field along Pulliam Street, and portions of the SESCO property outside of the fence line. Shortly after the soil removal, all remaining transformers were removed from the site. In addition to soil removal activities, TCEQ began operating and maintaining a pump and treatment system that SESCO had installed to pump contaminated groundwater at the facility, filter it through an oil/water separator, and then discharge the clean water to the city's sanitary sewer system.

In December of 2004, a group of potentially responsible parties (SESCO Site Working Group) signed an interim agreement with the TCEQ. At that time, the SESCO Site Working Group voluntarily took over interim operation and maintenance of the groundwater treatment system, and monitoring and security responsibilities for the SESCO facility. Currently, the facility is fenced and has warning signs posted. Approximately one-third of the facility area is paved. Multiple buildings are present as well as a number of 55-gallon drums containing nuts, bolts, ceramic insulators, and other parts that SESCO used in its day-to-day operations, a few drums containing waste materials as indicated by their labels, and multiple aboveground storage tanks. PCB contamination is still present and needs to be remediated in both soil and groundwater at the facility.

A public meeting will be held on Thursday, January 12, 2006, at 7:00 p.m. at the San Jacinto Elementary School cafeteria, 800 Spaulding in San Angelo, Texas. The purpose of this meeting is to obtain additional information regarding the site relative to its eligibility for listing on the state registry, to identify additional potentially responsible parties, and to obtain public input and information regarding the appropriate use of land on which the facility is located. The public meeting will be legislative in nature and not a contested case hearing under Texas Government Code, Chapter 2001, Texas Administrative Procedure Act.

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 12, 2006, and should be sent to Sarah Schreier, Project Manager, TCEQ, Remediation Division, MC 136, P.O. Box 13087, Austin, Texas 78711-3087 or by facsimile at (512) 239-2450. 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 facility's eligibility for the state registry, is available for review at the Tom Green County Public Library, Main Branch, 113 West Beauregard Avenue, San Angelo, Texas 76903, (325) 655-7321 during regular business hours. Copies of the complete public record file may be obtained during regular business hours at the TCEQ'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 regarding the state Superfund program is also available at http://www.tceq.state.tx.us/remediation/programs.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 or (512) 239-2463. Requests should be made as far in advance as possible.

For further information about this site or the public meeting, please call Bruce McAnally, TCEQ Community Relations, at (800) 633-9363, extension 2141.


Stephanie Bergeron Perdue

Director, Environmental Law Division

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

Filed: November 22, 2005

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