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AGENCY Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
ISSUE 02/22/2008
ACTION Miscellaneous

Notice of Public Meeting on March 27, 2008, in Saginaw, Tarrant County, Texas Concerning the Hicks Field Sewer Corporation Proposed State Superfund Site

The purpose of the meeting is to obtain public input and information concerning the intent to take no further action at the Site and to delete the Site from its proposed-for-listing status on the state Superfund registry.

The executive director (ED) of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is issuing this public notice of intent to take no further action at the Hicks Field Sewer Corporation proposed state Superfund site (the Site) and to delete the Site from its proposed-for-listing status on the state Superfund registry. The state Superfund registry is the list of 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 ED is proposing this deletion because the ED has determined that, due to removal actions that have been performed, the Site no longer presents such an endangerment.

The Site is located 1.8 miles west of the intersection of United States (U.S.) Highway 81-287 and Farm to Market Road 156, or approximately one-mile east of the intersection of U.S. Business Route 287 and Hicks Field Road near Saginaw, Tarrant 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 Site is located approximately 2.5 miles northwest of Saginaw and consists of approximately 3.8 acres. Two sludge drying beds, two surface impoundments, and two concrete separator tanks were used by the Hicks Field Sewer Corporation from the early 1970's to approximately mid-1994 to provide sewage treatment services for the nearby Hicks Field Industrial Park.

Businesses that operated at the industrial park included a metal finisher, a container manufacturer, a storage tank fabricator, and a small trucking firm. The sewer corporation primarily processed domestic wastes from the industrial park. However, from the early 1970's until operations ceased in early 1981, the metal finisher located in the industrial park reportedly discharged process rinse waters containing metals to the sewer treatment facility. Elevated concentrations of cadmium, chromium, and zinc were found in the sediments remaining in the waste management units of the sewer treatment facility.

During 2006 and 2007, the TCEQ conducted excavation, treatment, and disposal of all soils and sediments containing metals concentrations above remediation goals. The waste management units were dismantled or filled with clean soil and graded to drain. Excavated areas were filled and graded to drain, and grass was planted by hydro-seeding throughout the property.

Notice will be recorded in the real property records of Tarrant County that the Site is appropriate for commercial/industrial land use, as defined in 30 TAC Chapter 350, the Texas Risk Reduction Program (TRRP). The Site was remediated to the TRRP commercial/industrial land use criteria for cadmium, chromium, and zinc. Confirmation samples were collected after soil removal to confirm that cleanup criteria in soil were met. The Site is not appropriate for residential use according to State risk reduction regulations applicable to the Site. The Site remains fenced.

As a result of the removal action that has been performed at the Site, the ED has determined that the Site no longer presents an imminent and substantial endangerment to public health and safety and the environment. Therefore, no further action is necessary at the Site; and the Site is eligible for deletion from its proposed-for-listing status on the state registry of Superfund sites as provided by 30 TAC §335.344(c).

The TCEQ will hold a public meeting to receive comments on the proposed deletion of the Site and the determination to take no further action. This public meeting will not be a contested case hearing within the meaning of Texas Government Code, Chapter 2001. The public meeting will be held on March 27, 2008, at 7:00 p.m., at the Saginaw City Hall Council Chambers, located at 333 West McLeroy Boulevard, Saginaw, Texas.

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 March 26, 2008, and should be sent in writing to Jeffrey E. Patterson, Project Manager, TCEQ, Remediation Division, MC 143, P.O. Box 13087, Austin, Texas 78711-3087 or by facsimile to (512) 239-2450. The public comment period for this action will end at the close of the public meeting on March 27, 2008.

A portion of the record for this Site, including documents pertinent to the proposed deletion of the Site, is available for review during regular business hours at the Saginaw John Ed Keeter Public Library, located at 355 West McLeroy Boulevard, Saginaw, Texas 76179, phone number (817) 230-0300. Copies of the complete public record file may be obtained during regular business hours at the TCEQ'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 TCEQ 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: February 12, 2008

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