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AGENCY Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
ISSUE 08/22/2008
ACTION Miscellaneous

Notice of Deletion of the Shelby Wood Specialty, Inc. Proposed State Superfund Site from the State Superfund Registry

The executive director (ED) of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is issuing this notice of deletion of the Shelby Wood Specialty, Inc. proposed state Superfund site (the Site) from its proposed-for-listing status on the state registry, the list of state Superfund sites. The state registry lists the contaminated 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 Site is being deleted from the state registry because it has been accepted into the TCEQ Voluntary Cleanup Program.

The Site was originally proposed for listing on the state registry in the April 6, 2007, issue of 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 (TRRP) regulations (30 TAC Chapter 350). The Site 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 has been accepted into the TCEQ Voluntary Cleanup Program (VCP) and is therefore eligible for deletion from the state registry as provided by 30 TAC §335.344(c). The Site will be addressed in accordance with TRRP regulations.

In accordance with 30 TAC §335.344(b), the TCEQ held a public meeting to receive comments on the intended deletion of the Site on July 10, 2008, at the Tenaha City Hall, located at 122 North Center, Tenaha, Texas. The TCEQ has prepared a responsiveness summary that responds to comments received into the record at the public meeting. The complete public file, including the transcript of the meeting and the responsiveness summary, may be viewed during regular business hours at the TCEQ's Records Management Center, Building E, First Floor, 12100 Park 35 Circle, Austin, Texas 78753, telephone numbers (800) 633-9363 or (512) 239-2920. Photocopying of file information is subject to payment of a fee.

All inquiries regarding the deletion of the Site should be directed to Ms. Crystal Taylor, Community Relations, telephone numbers (800) 633-9363, extension 3844.


Kathleen C. Decker

Director, Litigation Division

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

Filed: August 12, 2008

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