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AGENCY Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
ISSUE 06/15/2007
ACTION Miscellaneous

Notice of Meeting on July 19, 2007, in Mount Pleasant, Titus County, Texas Concerning the Former Dorchester Refining Company State Superfund Site

The purpose of the meeting is to obtain public input and information concerning the deletion of the site from its proposed status on 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 Dorchester Refining Company state Superfund site (the site) from its proposed status on 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 is expected to be addressed under the Voluntary Cleanup Program (VCP).

The site, including all land, structures, appurtenances, and other improvements, is approximately 138 acres and located in the 1700 block of West First Street in the city of Mount Pleasant, Titus County, Texas. The site also included 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 Dorchester Refining is located on the west border of the City of Mount Pleasant. The site is bordered by the St. Louis Southern Railroad on the south, suburban areas to the west and north, Conoco bulk terminal to the northeast and a residential area to the southeast. The description of the facility is based on the information available in 2003 when the site was evaluated with the Hazard Ranking System (HRS).

Dorchester Refining was an active refinery under several owners from 1936 to 1984, refining gasoline, diesel and asphalt products. Past refining operations at the site have resulted in impact to soils and sediments. Data collected by the TCEQ as part of the 2003 HRS indicate elevated levels of heavy metals (cadmium, chromium, lead and mercury) and semi-volatile constituents (pyrene, chrysene, benzo(b)- and benzo(k)-fluoranthene, benzo(a)pyrene, indeno(1,2,3-cd)pyrene, and benzo(g,h,i)perlyene) were detected in the soils. Heavy metals (cadmium, chromium, and lead) were also detected in the sediments of nearby Tankersley creek. The elevated levels of metals and semi-volatile organic constituents in soils and sediments are attributable to the former refining operations at the site.

In April 2007, TOTAL Petrochemicals USA, Inc. and SemCrude L.P applied for acceptance into the Voluntary Cleanup Program (VCP) to clean up the site. Notice will be filed with the deed for the site in the real property records in Titus County that residual contamination is present on site. The site was proposed to the state Superfund registry with a commercial /industrial land use designation according to the Texas Risk Reduction Program regulations (30 TAC §350.53).

The site is expected to be accepted into the TCEQ Voluntary Cleanup Program and therefore upon acceptance will be 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 19, 2007, at 7:00 p.m., at the Mount Pleasant Junior High School, located at 2801 Old Paris Road, Mount Pleasant, Texas 75455.

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 18, 2007 and should be sent in writing to Luda Voskov, Project Manager, TCEQ, Remediation Division, MC 143, 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 19, 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 Mount Pleasant Public Library, located at 213 North Madison, Mount Pleasant, Texas 75445. 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) 239-3844. 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: June 4, 2007

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