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AGENCY Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
ISSUE 08/29/2008
ACTION Miscellaneous

Notice of Deletion of the Hicks Field Sewer Corporation Proposed State Superfund Site from the State Superfund Registry

The executive director (ED) of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ or commission) is issuing this notice of deletion of the Hicks Field Sewer Corporation 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 Site was originally proposed for listing on the state registry in the July 19, 2002, issue of the Texas Register (27 TexReg 6575). The Site consists of approximately 3.8 acres and 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, Tarrant County, Texas. 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.

From 2002 to 2005, the TCEQ conducted a remedial investigation at the Site. During 2006 and 2007, the TCEQ conducted a removal action at the Site, including excavation, treatment, and disposal of all soils and sediments containing metals concentrations above remediation goals. As part of the removal action, waste management units at the Site were dismantled or filled with clean soil and graded to drain. In addition, excavated areas were filled and graded to drain; and grass was planted by hydro-seeding throughout the property. The Site remains fenced in order to protect the new grass.

The Site is not appropriate for residential use according to the TCEQ Texas Risk Reduction Program Rule found at 30 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Chapter 350. The TCEQ has filed a notice in the real property records of Tarrant County stating that the Site is not appropriate for residential use.

In accordance with 30 TAC §335.344(b), the commission held a public meeting to receive comments on the intended deletion of the Site on March 27, 2008, at the Saginaw City Hall Council Chambers, located at 333 West McLeroy Boulevard, Saginaw, Texas. No comments regarding the proposed deletion were received prior to or at the public meeting. The complete public file, including a transcript of the public meeting, may be viewed during regular business hours at the commission's Records Management Center, Records Customer Service, Building E, First Floor, 12100 Park 35 Circle, MC-199, Austin, Texas 78753, telephone numbers (800) 633-9363 or (512) 239-2920. Photocopying of file information is subject to payment of a fee. For persons with disabilities, parking is available on the east side of Building D, convenient to access ramps that are between Buildings D and E.

Pursuant to 30 TAC §335.344(c), the ED has determined that due to the removal action that has been performed at the Site, the Site no longer presents an imminent and substantial endangerment to public health and safety and the environment.

In accordance with §361.188(d) of the Texas Health and Safety Code, a notice has been filed in the real property records of Tarrant County, Texas stating that the Site has been deleted from the state registry.

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


Kathleen C. Decker

Director, Litigation Division

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

Filed: August 15, 2008

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