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AGENCY Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
ISSUE 09/08/2006
ACTION Miscellaneous

Notice of Intent to Perform Removal Action at the Spector Salvage Yard Proposed State Superfund Site, Orange, Orange County, Texas

The executive director of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ or commission) hereby issues public notice of intent to perform a removal action, as provided by Texas Health and Safety Code (THSC), §361.133, for Spector Salvage Company Proposed state Superfund site (the site). The site, including all land, structures, appurtenances, and other improvements, is approximately four acres and is located in the southern portion of the city of Orange, Orange County, Texas. The property is bordered by Polk Street and the Union Pacific Railroad tracks to the north, Jackson Street and the Evergreen Cemetery to the south, a railroad right-of-way and railroad yard to the east, and the City of Orange sewage treatment plant to the west. The site also includes any areas where hazardous substances have come to be located as a result, either directly or indirectly, of releases of hazardous substances from the site.

In addition to general salvage, the site owners received military surplus equipment and supplies purchased from military, industrial, and chemical facilities. The salvage yard ceased operations in 1971. The contaminants of concern in soil at the Spector Salvage Yard Proposed state Superfund site include polyaromatic hydrocarbons, PCBs, and heavy metals. The contaminants of concern in groundwater include volatile organic constituents.

The site is proposed for listing under THSC, Chapter 361, Subchapter F. The removal action will protect groundwater from additional releases, and can be completed without extensive investigation and planning. The removal action will also result in a significant cost reduction for the site cleanup. The removal action will consist of excavation and off-site disposal of soil containing concentrations of hazardous substances above commercial/industrial use cleanup levels.

A portion of the records for this site is available for review during regular business hours at the Orange Public Library, 220 North Fifth Street, Orange, Texas 77630-5796, (409) 883-1086. Copies of the complete public record file may be obtained during business hours at the commission's Records Management Center, Building E, First Floor, Records Customer Service, MC 199, 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 for persons with disabilities is available on the east side of Building D, convenient to access ramps that are between Buildings D and E.

For further information, please contact Carol Boucher, P.G., TCEQ Project Manager, Remediation Division, or Bruce McAnally, TCEQ Community Relations Coordinator, at (800) 633-9363.

TRD-200604812

Mary Risner

Director, Litigation Division

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

Filed: August 29, 2006



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