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AGENCY Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
ISSUE 05/30/2008
ACTION Miscellaneous

Notice of Meeting on July 10, 2008, in Tenaha, Shelby County, Texas Concerning the Shelby Wood Specialty, Inc. Proposed State Superfund Site

The purpose of the meeting is to obtain public input and information concerning the proposal 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 or commission) is issuing a notice of intent to delete the Shelby Wood Specialty, Inc. proposed state Superfund site (the Site) from its proposed-for-listing status on the state registry. The state registry is the list of state Superfund sites that 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.

The site, including all land, structures, appurtenances, and other improvements, consists of approximately 27.4 acres and is located at 3295 United States Highway 84 East, in Tenaha, Shelby 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 records indicate that the site operated as a wood treating facility from approximately the mid-1970s to the mid-1980s. The facility treated wood with copper chromium arsenate (CCA). The facility used four to five acres of the 27.4-acre property. Rails at the facility led to a pressure vessel in which CCA was used to treat wood. The pressure vessel and chemical tanks have been removed from the site and the rails have been covered with concrete. An investigation in 1989 indicated elevated levels of chromium, copper and arsenic. On August 23, 2005, the TCEQ conducted soil sampling from one-to eight-inch depths at the site. The sampling results indicated releases of arsenic, cadmium, chromium, copper, magnesium, manganese, sodium, zinc and other chemicals at the site at levels greater than three times those that occur naturally in the environment. Hazardous substances have also been detected in sediment samples taken from wetlands located 0.8 miles downstream from the site.

The site was originally proposed for listing on April 6, 2007 in the Texas Register (32 TexReg 2038). The site was proposed to the state registry with a commercial/industrial land use designation in accordance with Texas Risk Reduction Program regulations 30 TAC §350.53.

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 comments 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 10, 2008, at 7:00 p.m., at the Tenaha City Hall, located at 122 North Center, Tenaha, 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 July 9, 2008, and should be sent in writing to Sugam Shrestha, Project Manager, TCEQ, Remediation Division, MC 136, P.O. Box 13087, Austin, Texas 78711-3087 or by facsimile to (512) 239-2303. The public comment period for this action will end at the close of the public meeting of July 10, 2008.

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 Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library, 619 Tenaha Street, Center, Texas, telephone number (936) 598-5522. 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. Fees are charged for photocopying file information. 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.

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 call Crystal Taylor at (800) 633-9363, extension 3844.


Mary R. Risner

Director, Litigation Division

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

Filed: May 20, 2008

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