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AGENCY Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
ISSUE 04/07/2006
ACTION Miscellaneous

Notice of Meeting on May 18, 2006 in Sherman, Grayson County, Texas Concerning the Sherman Foundry (Also Known as Old Foundry) 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 using non-residential standards for setting cleanup levels at the site.

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 facility is located. With this publication, the commission hereby gives notice of a facility 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 cleanup of the facility identified. The commission proposes a commercial/industrial land use designation. Determination of appropriate land use cleanup levels 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 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 facility was also published on April 7, 2006, in the Herald Democrat.

The facility proposed for listing is the Sherman Foundry Site (also known as Old Foundry), located at 532 East King Street, Sherman (Grayson County) Texas. The geographic coordinates of the site are Latitude 33 degrees 37 minutes 59.5 seconds /Longitude 96 degrees 36 minutes 06.5 seconds. 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 description may change as additional information is gathered on the sources and extent of contamination.

The facility known as the Sherman Foundry (also known as Old Foundry) covers approximately 5.1 acres and is located in a mixed residential/industrial area in south central Sherman bordered on the east and west by Southern Pacific Railroad lines, Cherry Street to the north, and East King Street to the south. Records indicate that the Sherman Foundry was active from as early as 1947 to October 2000.

The facility was a cast iron foundry. The facility contains industrial process wastes remaining in the former metals process area, three large on-site foundry waste stockpiles, two 55-gallon drum storage areas, two baghouse collection hoppers, and a former paint shop. The site has a closed/capped deed-recorded pre-Resource Conservation and Recovery Act solid waste landfill measuring 15 feet by 50 feet containing a reported 21 cubic yards of buried cupola baghouse dust located in the northeast corner of the property. In addition, three off-site landfill areas have been identified where foundry sand and slag wastes were used as fill material that may have included cupola furnace baghouse dust containing hazardous levels of lead and cadmium.

On June 1, 2000, a default order (Docket No. 1999-0096-Air-E) against the Sherman Foundry was issued for failure to respond to rule violations and for failure to comply with provisions of a TCEQ issued Agreed Order. In January 2003, the TCEQ performed a site screening investigation and determined that conditions at the site required a removal action due to the potential exposure of the public and the environment to hazardous substances found at the site. During August 2003, a contractor for the TCEQ performed removal activities of numerous containers with hazardous wastes.

As part of the August 2003 activities, the TCEQ repaired the existing fence and installed approximately 450 linear feet of new fencing to secure the property. In addition to the security fence, two vehicle entrance gates were installed to limit access to the property.

A public meeting will be held on May 18, 2006, at 7:00 p.m., at the Hope Waller Community Room, located at 421 North Travis, Sherman, 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 facility 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., May 17, 2006, and should be sent in writing to Robert Musick, 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 May 18, 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 Sherman Public Library, 421 North Travis, Sherman, Texas 75090, (903) 892-7240, 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. 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 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 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 28, 2006

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