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AGENCY Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
ISSUE 05/26/2006
ACTION Miscellaneous

Notice of Deletion of the Rogers Delinted Cottonseed Company Site from the State Superfund Registry

The executive director (ED) of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ or commission) is issuing this notice of deletion of the Rogers Delinted Cottonseed Company (the site) from its proposed-for-listing status on the state registry, the list of state Superfund sites. The state registry lists the contaminated sites which 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 site was originally proposed for listing on the state registry in the June 28, 2002, issue of the Texas Register (27 TexReg 5865). The site, including all land, structures, appurtenances, and other improvements, is approximately 81 acres located approximately one mile east of Farmersville, at the intersection of State Highway 380 and Farm-to-Market Road 547 in Farmersville, Collin County, Texas. In addition, the site included any areas where hazardous substances came to be located as a result, either directly or indirectly, of releases of hazardous substances from the site.

Rogers Delinted Cottonseed Company operated from 1965 to 1984, when it was abandoned. The site may be divided into three separate areas: 1) the processing area in the northwest corner of the property (approximately 20 acres); 2) irrigation fields located south and east of the processing area (approximately 30 acres); and 3) remaining undeveloped land located along the eastern portion of the site. Arsenic compounds were used to defoliate the cotton plants. The facility then delinted the cottonseeds by washing them with 5% sulfuric acid to chemically remove husks, lints, fibers, and other suspended particulate matter. The process also included the use of a fungicide to protect the delinted cottonseeds. The spent acid solution from the process area was collected in two surface impoundments. The surface impoundments were used as settling ponds to separate the suspended solids from the acid solution. Upon determination that the site did not qualify for the National Priorities List, the site was proposed to the state Superfund registry. The remedial investigation and removal actions were performed at the site. Actions also included decontamination of the process and storage buildings, the treatment and discharge of low pH water, stabilization and backfill of the surface impoundments, and removal of metal and polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) contaminated soils. The removal actions resulted in the soils being restored to commercial/industrial use.

The site is inappropriate for residential use according to protective concentration levels under the Texas Risk Reduction Program standards.

A deed notice has been filed with the Collin County real property records pursuant to Texas Risk Reduction Program rules to indicate that the site is restricted to commercial/industrial use only. The site no longer poses 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. As a result, the fence used to restrict access to the site during the investigation and clean up activities has been removed.

In accordance with 30 TAC §335.344(b), the commission held a public meeting to receive comments on the intended deletion of the site on March 30, 2006, at the Farmersville City Council Chambers. No comments regarding the proposed deletion were received at the public meeting. The complete public file, including a transcript of the public meeting, may be viewed during regular business hours at the commission's Records Management Center, Records Customer Service, Building E, First Floor, 12100 Park 35 Circle, MC 199, Austin, Texas 78753, (800) 633-9363 or (512) 239-2920. Fees are charged for photocopying file information.

Pursuant to 30 TAC §335.344(c), the executive director has determined that due to the remediation actions performed, the site no longer presents an imminent and substantial endangerment to public health and safety or the environment.

In accordance with Texas Health and Safety Code, §361.188(d), a notice will be filed in the real property records of Collin County, Texas stating that the site has been deleted from the state registry.

All inquiries regarding the deletion of the site should be directed to John Flores, Community Relations Coordinator, 1-800-633-9363.


Stephanie Bergeron Perdue

Acting Deputy Director, Office of Legal Services

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

Filed: May 16, 2006

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