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AGENCY Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
ISSUE 03/17/2006
ACTION Miscellaneous

Notice of Meeting on April 27, 2006, in Rogers, Bell County, Texas concerning the Mineral Wool Insulation Manufacturing Company (Site)

The purpose of the meeting is to obtain public input and information concerning proposal of the 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, Chapter 361, as amended (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 April 29, 2005, issue of the Texas Register (30 TexReg 2583).

Pursuant to 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. With this publication, the commission hereby gives notice of a site that the executive director has determined eligible for listing and which the executive director proposes to list on the state registry. By this publication, the commission also gives notice pursuant to the Act, §361.1855, that it proposes a land use other than residential as appropriate for the site identified. 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 rule at 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 March 16, 2006, in The Cameron Herald and on March 17, 2006, in the Temple Daily Telegram.

The site proposed for listing is the Mineral Wool Insulation Manufacturing Company, located on Shaw Road in Rogers, Bell County, Texas. The geographic coordinates of the site are Latitude 30 degrees 56 minutes 41.91008 seconds North and Longitude 97 degrees 14 minutes 23.65089 seconds West and the approximate site elevation is 650 feet mean sea level. 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 Mineral Wool Insulation Manufacturing Company site began operation in approximately February 1981. It is currently inactive with no known residents or workers on-site. The property is roughly 19 acres in size. Mineral Wool Insulation Manufacturing Company manufactured and produced blow wool and batt wool using blast furnaces from raw material such as slags from copper and antimony smelting, waste from limestone mining, as well as coke and basalts. The raw material was melted in a coke-fired furnace and then extruded by blowing air over spinning drums to form fibers. The residue left in the furnace from the heating of the slags was a metal shot type material. This spent iron shot was the main waste type generated as part of the mineral wool process.

A public meeting will be held April 27, 2006, at 7:00 p.m., at The Civic Center, located at 4 West Mesquite, Rogers, Texas 76569. 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., April 26, 2006, and should be sent in writing to Kristian Mauricio, Project Manager, TCEQ, Remediation Division, MC 136, P.O. Box 13087, Austin, Texas 78711-3087 or facsimile at (512) 239-2450. The public comment period for this action will end at the close of the public meeting on April 27, 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 Temple Public Library, 100 West Adams Avenue, Temple, Texas 76501, (254) 298-5702, during regular business hours. 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 TCEQ Web site located at www.tceq.state.tx.us/remediation/superfund/index.html.

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. 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.


Stephanie Bergeron Perdue

Acting Deputy Director, Office of Legal Services

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

Filed: March 7, 2006

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