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AGENCY Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
ISSUE 03/02/2007
ACTION Miscellaneous

Notice of Deletion of the PolyCycle Jacksonville 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 PolyCycle Industries Inc. state Superfund site located in Jacksonville, Cherokee County, Texas, from its proposed-for-listing status on the state registry. 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 December 5, 2003, edition of the Texas Register (28 TexReg 11012). The Site, including all land, structures, appurtenances, and other improvements, is approximately seven acres located at 2505 South Jackson Street, Jacksonville, Cherokee 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.

PolyCycle Industries Inc. (PCI) recycled lead from lead acid batteries and casings at the Site from 1978 to 1983. Sulfuric acid was drained from the batteries and lead plates were removed. The sulfuric acid was sent to a hazardous waste disposal firm and the lead plates were sold to a smelter. The lead battery casings were ground and washed in four unlined surface impoundments to remove lead and lead sulfate. The chips were skimmed from the surface impoundments and sold to plastic recyclers. The lead and lead sulfate sediments on the bottoms of the impoundments were sold to a lead smelter. As a result of these operations the Site soil was contaminated with lead. At a public meeting on January 15, 2004, the TCEQ proposed to clean up the site to a commercial/industrial clean up level.

The TCEQ conducted a Remedial Investigation (RI), during which extensive soil and groundwater samples were analyzed. Soil analysis showed three locations where lead concentrations were above the Protective Concentration Level (PCL) for the commercial/industrial PCL of 1,600 parts per million. A groundwater sample with a beryllium concentration above the PCL of 4 parts per billion was also found. To prevent future migration of contaminate to groundwater the TCEQ conducted a removal action at the Site. The three Site locations where lead concentrations were above the PCL and the area where beryllium in the groundwater was above the PCL, were excavated and the waste materials were disposed of in permitted landfills. The Site was cleaned up to industrial/commercial standards.

In accordance with Title 30 of the Texas Administrative Code (TAC), §335.344(b), the commission held a public meeting to receive comments regarding the intended deletion of the Site on January 25, 2007, at the Jacksonville Public Library. 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, telephone numbers (800) 633-9363 or (512) 239-2920. Fees are charged for photocopying file information.

Pursuant to Title 30 of the Texas Administrative Code (TAC), §335.344(c), the ED has determined that due to the removal actions that have been 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 Cherokee 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 Mr. Bruce McAnally, Community Relations, telephone numbers (800) 633-9363 or (512) 239-2141.


Mary Risner

Director, Litigation Division

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

Filed: February 20, 2007

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