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AGENCY Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
ISSUE 01/13/2006
ACTION Miscellaneous

Notice of Meeting on February 23, 2006, in Corpus Christi, Texas, Concerning the Ballard Pits Site

The purpose of the meeting regarding the Ballard Pits site is to obtain public input and information concerning the proposal of the Ballard Pits site 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 or commission) is required under the Texas Solid Waste Disposal Act, Health and Safety Code (the Act), 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 site is located. The commission hereby gives notice that the commission's executive director has determined the Ballard Pits site to be eligible for listing, and that the executive director proposes to list it on the state registry. The commission also gives notice in accordance with the Act, §361.1855, that it proposes a land use other than residential as appropriate for the site. The commission proposes a commercial/industrial land use designation. Determination of appropriate land use may impact the remedial investigation and remedial action for the site. The TCEQ is proposing a land use designation of commercial/industrial based on the existing land use of the property, as is prescribed in the Texas Risk Reduction Program rules in 30 TAC §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 January 13, 2006, in the Corpus Christi Caller Times.

The site proposed for listing is Ballard Pits, located at the end of Ballard Lane, west of its intersection with County Road 73, approximately four miles northwest of the Corpus Christi city limits. The pits are located on Lots 2 and 3 in Section 6 of the Wade Riverside Subdivision. The geographic coordinates of the East Pit are Latitude: 27.8865 Degrees North, Longitude: 97.6830 Degrees West. The geographic coordinates of the West Pit are Latitude: 27.8878 Degrees North, Longitude: 97.6842 Degrees 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 Ballard Pits are located on property owned by the C. F. Ballard Residuary Trust and/or Mamie Helen Ballard. Historically, the Ballard Sand and Gravel Company operated on these properties.

The pits have a combined surface area of approximately 63,000 square feet. There is a combined estimated volume of 14,000 cubic yards of material in the two pits. Previous sampling conducted by the Railroad Commission of Texas indicated volatile and semivolatile organic compounds, metals, and polychlorinated biphenyls in the pit material.

A public meeting will be held on February 23, 2006, at 7:00 p.m., in the cafeteria of Calallen High School, 4001 Wildcat Drive, Corpus Christi, 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 that is the subject of this notice is located. The public meeting is 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., February 23, 2006, by Marshall Cedilote, Project Manager, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Remediation Division, MC 136, P. O. Box 13087, Austin, Texas 78711-3087 or facsimile to (512) 239-4814. The public comment period for this action will end at the close of the public meeting on February 23, 2006.

A portion of the record for this site, including documents pertinent to the executive director's determination of eligibility, is available for review at the Corpus Christi Public Library, Northwest Branch, 3202 McKinzie Road, Corpus Christi, Texas 78410, (361) 241-9329. Copies of the complete public record file may be obtained during regular business hours at the commission's Records Management Center, Building E, First Floor, Records Customer Service, 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 world wide web at www.tceq.state.tx.us/remediation/superfund/sites/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 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

Acting Deputy Director, Office of Legal Services

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

Filed: January 3, 2006

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