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AGENCY Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
ISSUE 05/19/2006
ACTION Miscellaneous

Notice of Meeting on June 29, 2006, in Houston, Harris County, Texas, Concerning the Former Aluminum Finishing 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 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 7, 2006 issue of the Texas Register (31 TexReg 3078).

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 the facility 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 facility. The commission 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 facility was also published on May 19, 2006, in the Houston Chronicle.

The facility proposed for listing is the former Aluminum Finishing Company, located at 6006 Ardmore Street, in Houston, Harris County, Texas. The geographic coordinates of the site are Latitude 29 degrees 42 minutes 31 seconds North and Longitude 95 degrees 22 minutes 30 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 facility, formerly known as Aluminum Finishing Company, is located in a mainly residential area on a corner lot at 6006 Ardmore, Houston, Harris County, Texas. The description of the facility is based on information available in 1997 when the site was evaluated with the Hazard Ranking System (HRS). The site has two buildings on site. One is a single story small office building, the other is a large corrugated metal storage building. The site is bound on all sides by either a chain link fence or privacy wooden fence. The site is currently utilized as a kitchen and bath woodworking and remodeling company.

Aluminum Finishing Company operated approximately from March 1981 through June 1993 as an electroplating facility, where nuts and bolts were electroplated with cadmium and coated with chromium. The cleaning solution was sodium cyanide, which was neutralized with sulfuric acid. The plating sludge was stored on-site in metal tanks.

Elevated levels of cadmium, chromium, lead, arsenic, and cyanide were detected in soils samples collected on-site in February 1992, November 1994, and January 1997. The elevated metals and cyanide concentrations are attributed to the former electroplating operations at this facility.

In July 1998, Mr. Leo Montgomery, current owner of the property and doing business as Riverside Kitchen and Bath Company, LLC, applied for and was accepted into the Voluntary Cleanup Program (VCP) to clean up the site. The VCP agreement with the owner was terminated on June 2005 due to inadequate progress.

A public meeting will be held June 29, 2006, at 7:00 p.m., at the DeBakey High School for Health Professions, located at 3100 Shenandoah, Houston, Harris County, 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., June 28, 2006, and should be sent in writing to Alan Henderson, Project Manager, TCEQ, Remediation Division, MC 136, P.O. Box 13087, Austin, Texas 78711-3087 or facsimile at (512) 239-2303. The public comment period for this action will end at the close of the public meeting on June 29, 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 Young Branch Library, 5260 Griggs Road, Palm Center, Houston, Texas 77021 (832) 393-2140, 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 who have special communication or other accommodation needs who are planning to attend the meeting should contact the commission 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 Coordinator, at (800) 633-9363.


Stephanie Bergeron Perdue

Acting Deputy Director, Office of Legal Services

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

Filed: May 9, 2006

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