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AGENCY Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
ISSUE 11/30/2007
ACTION Miscellaneous

Notice of Intent to Perform Removal Action at the Ballard Sand Pits State Superfund Site, Robstown, Nueces 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 Ballard Sand Pits state Superfund site (the site). The site, including all land, structures, appurtenances, and other improvements, is approximately five acres located at the end of Ballard Lane, west of its intersection with County Road 73, approximately 5.8 miles north of Robstown in Nueces County, Texas. 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 Ballard Pits site is a former sand and gravel pit that was used in the late 1960s for storage and disposal of unknown waste types. The site consists of two uncovered surface impoundments with a combined surface area of approximately 63,000 square feet, and an estimated volume of 14,000 cubic yards. The waste contains volatile and semivolatile organic compounds, metals, and polychlorinated biphenyls. The pits are within 1/2 mile of the Nueces River and flood waters have inundated the impoundments in the past. The nearest drinking water intakes serving 284,601 people are located more than two miles downstream of the pits. The potential for releases of hazardous substances from the impoundments into the Nueces River is a concern.

The site is proposed for listing under THSC, Chapter 361, Subchapter F. The purpose of this removal action is to prevent the spreading of the contaminated waste material to the surrounding property and the possible infiltration of the waste material into the shallow groundwater which is used by the adjacent residences for their drinking water. 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 consist of excavation of contaminated soils and waste materials. 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 Corpus Christi Public Library, Northwest Branch, 3202 McKinzie Road, Corpus Christi, Texas, (361) 241-9329. 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 Barry Lands, TCEQ Project Manager, Remediation Division, at (512) 239-6547, or Kelly Peavler, TCEQ Community Relations Coordinator at (512) 239-1352.


Mary R. Risner

Director, Litigation Division

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

Filed: November 19, 2007

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