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AGENCY Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
ISSUE 06/01/2007
ACTION Miscellaneous

Notice of Meeting on July 12, 2007, in Houston, Harris County, Texas, Concerning the Former Aluminum Finishing Company Proposed State Superfund Site

The purpose of the meeting is to obtain public input and information concerning the proposal to delete the site from the state Superfund registry.

The executive director (ED) of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ or commission) is issuing a notice of intent to delete the Aluminum Finishing proposed state Superfund site (the site) from the state Superfund registry. The state Superfund registry is the list of state Superfund 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 commission is proposing this deletion because the site has been accepted into the Voluntary Cleanup Program (VCP).

The site, including all land, structures, appurtenances, and other improvements, is approximately 0.2 acres located at 6006 Ardmore Street in Houston, Harris County, Texas. The site also includes any areas where hazardous substances had come to be located as a result, either directly or indirectly, of releases of hazardous substances from the site.

The facility, formerly known as the Aluminum Finishing Company, is located in a mainly residential area on a corner lot at 6006 Ardmore, Houston, Texas. The description of the site is based on information available in 1997 when the site was evaluated with the Hazard Ranking System (HRS). The Aluminum Finishing Company, Inc. had two buildings on site. One was a single story small office building, and the other was a large corrugated metal storage building. Metal plating operations were conducted from March 1981 through June 1993 where nuts and bolts were electroplated with cadmium and coated with chromium. The cleaning solution was sodium cyanide that was neutralized with sulfuric acid. The plating sludge was stored on-site in metal tanks. The current owner of the property, Mr. Leo Montgomery, is doing business as Riverside Kitchen and Bath Company, LLC., and has converted the former office building into a private residence. The substances generated by the electroplating processes on-site include cadmium, chromium, and cyanide. Data collected in February 1992, November 1994, and January 1997, revealed elevated levels of cadmium, chromium, lead, arsenic, and cyanide in on-site soils. The elevated levels of metals and cyanide are attributable to the former electroplating operations at this site.

In October 2006, Mr. Leo Montgomery, current owner of the property, applied for and was accepted into the Voluntary Cleanup Program to clean up the site. Mr. Montgomery's remedial action plan is to excavate the contaminated soil to residential levels, dispose of the contaminated soil, and backfill the excavated area with clean soil.

Notice has been filed with the deed for the site in the real property records in Harris County that cadmium, chromium, and cyanide contamination remains on site. When the contamination is removed under the Voluntary Cleanup Program, the site will be appropriate for residential use according to State risk reduction regulations applicable to the site; and the deed notice will be removed from the real property records.

The site has been accepted into the TCEQ Voluntary Cleanup Program and is, therefore, eligible for deletion from the state registry as provided by 30 TAC §335.344(c).

In accordance with 30 TAC §335.344(b), the commission will hold a public meeting to receive comment on this proposed deletion. This meeting will not be a contested case hearing within the meaning of Texas Government Code, Chapter 2001. The meeting will be held on July 12, 2007, at 7:00 p.m., at the Emancipation Community Center, located at 3018 Dowling, Houston, Texas 77004.

All persons desiring to make comments regarding the proposed deletion of the site 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. on July 11, 2007 and should be sent in writing to Alan Henderson, P.E., Project Manager, TCEQ, Remediation Division, MC 136, P.O. Box 13087, Austin, Texas 78711-3087 (or by facsimile (512) 239-2450). The public comment period for this action will end at the close of the public meeting on July 12, 2007.

A portion of the record for the site including documents pertinent to the ED's proposed deletion is available for review during regular business hours at the Young Branch Library, 5260 Griggs Road, Palm Center, Houston, Texas 77021, (832) 393-2140. The complete public file may be obtained during regular 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 is available for persons with disabilities on the east side of Building D, convenient to access ramps that are between Buildings D and E.

Persons with disabilities 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) 239-2453. Requests should be made as far in advance as possible.

For further information about the public meeting, please contact Crystal Taylor at (800) 633-9363.


Mary R. Risner

Director, Litigation Division

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

Filed: May 22, 2007

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