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AGENCY Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
ISSUE 07/27/2007
ACTION Miscellaneous

Notice of Intent to Perform Removal Action at the Sherman Foundry State Superfund Site, Located at 532 East King Street, Sherman (Grayson 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 the Sherman Foundry state Superfund site (the site). The site, including all land, structures, appurtenances, and other improvements, is approximately 5.1 acres located at 532 East King Street in Sherman, Grayson County, Texas and is located in a mixed residential/industrial area in south central Sherman bordered on the east and west by Southern Pacific Railroad lines, Cherry Street to the north, and East King Street to the south. 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.

The facility was a cast iron foundry. The facility contains industrial process wastes remaining in the former metals process area, three large on-site foundry waste stockpiles, two 55-gallon drum storage areas, two baghouse collection hoppers, and a former paint shop. The site has a closed/capped deed-recorded pre-Resource Conservation and Recovery Act solid waste landfill measuring 15 feet by 50 feet containing a reported 21 cubic yards of buried cupola baghouse dust located in the northeast corner of the property. Based on soil sample results, the site contains elevated levels of the metals cadmium, chromium, copper, lead, silver, and zinc and low levels of volatile organic compounds phenol, toluene, and xylene.

The site is proposed for listing on the State Registry of Superfund Sites under THSC, Chapter 361, Subchapter F. The TCEQ held a public meeting on May 18, 2006, to discuss the proposed listing of the site on the Registry. The removal action is necessary to minimize migration of contamination from the site to off-site properties and surface water pathways in the vicinity of the site. Also, the removal action is necessary to limit impacts to groundwater beneath the site. A removal can be completed without extensive investigation and planning and will achieve a significant cost reduction for the site. The remedial objectives of the site can be achieved through a technically uncomplicated removal action. The removal action will include off-site disposal of several large waste piles from historic foundry operations; disposal of impacted soils; disposal of accumulated wastes from on-site buildings; disposal of numerous 55-gallon drums of wastes from historic foundry operations, emergency response, and groundwater investigations; disposal of water accumulated in loading docks, sumps, etc.; and disposal of numerous empty drums/containers. Thus, a detailed and extensive design process is unnecessary in this case, and the significant costs associated with that process can be averted.

A portion of the records for this site is available for review during regular business hours at the Sherman Public Library, 421 North Travis, Sherman, Texas 75090, telephone number (903) 892-7240. 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 Robert Musick, TCEQ Project Manager, Remediation Division, at (512) 239-2243, or Crystal Taylor, TCEQ Community Relations Coordinator at (512) 239-3844.


Mary R. Risner

Director, Litigation Division

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

Filed: July 17, 2007

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