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AGENCY Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
ISSUE 02/06/2009
ACTION Miscellaneous

Notice of Meeting on March 19, 2009 in Pearland, Brazoria County, Texas Concerning the Camtraco Enterprises, Inc. Facility

The purpose of the meeting is to obtain public input and information concerning proposal of the facility to the state registry of Superfund sites, the identification of potentially responsible parties and the proposal of non-residential land use.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ or commission) is required under the Texas Solid Waste Disposal Act, Health and Safety Code, Chapter 361, as amended (the Act), to annually publish a state registry that identifies facilities 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 most recent registry listing of these facilities was published in the October 10, 2008, issue of the Texas Register (33 TexReg 8608).

Pursuant to the Act, §361.184(a), the commission must publish a notice of intent to list a facility on the state registry of state Superfund sites in the Texas Register and in a newspaper of general circulation in the county in which the facility is located. With this publication, the commission hereby gives notice of a facility that the executive director has determined eligible for listing, and which the executive director proposes to list on the state registry. By this publication, the commission also gives notice pursuant to the Act, §361.1855, that it proposes a land use other than residential as appropriate for the facility identified. The commission proposes a commercial/industrial land use designation. Determination of appropriate land use may impact the remedial investigation and remedial action for Camtraco Enterprises, Inc. (the Site). The TCEQ is proposing a land use designation of commercial/industrial based on the existing land use of the property, as is prescribed in the Texas Risk Reduction Program rule at 30 TAC §350.53.

This publication also specifies the general nature of the potential endangerment to public health and safety or the environment as determined by information currently available to the executive director. This notice of intent to list this facility will also be published on February 11, 2009, in the Pearland Reporter News.

The facility proposed for listing is the Site, located at 18823 Amoco Drive in Pearland, Brazoria County, Texas. The geographic coordinates of the Site are Latitude 29 degrees 30 minutes 15.36 seconds North and Longitude 95 degrees 16 minutes 12.96 seconds West. The description of the Site is based on information available at the time the Site was evaluated with the Hazard Ranking System (HRS). The HRS is the principal screening guide used by the commission to evaluate potential, relative risk to public health and the environment from releases or threatened releases of hazardous substances. The Site description may change as additional information is gathered on the sources and extent of contamination.

Texas Health and Safety Code, §361.184(a) requires that the notice of intent to list the facility specify "... the general nature of the potential endangerment to public health and safety or the environment as determined by information available to the executive director at the time...". The Site is identified as a 3.577 acre site located at 18823 Amoco Drive in Pearland, Brazoria County, Texas and was operated as a fuel storage and fuel blending/distillation facility. The blending/distillation operations employed six 18,000 gallon tanks, seven 10,000 gallon tanks, one 36,000 gallon tank and one 2,000 gallon underground storage tank (UST). The Site also accepted barge cleaning wastes. Several investigations were conducted by various regulatory agencies during the active life of the facility as a result of complaints from nearby residents. Investigations identified evidence of on-site spills, air violations, and buried drums. The Site has been inactive since 1992 and is presently abandoned. The access to the Site is restricted by a fence and locked gate.

In February 2005, the TCEQ began to routinely collect samples from private residential water wells within a 1/2-mile radius of the Site. Observed releases of volatile and inorganic constituents are documented by chemical analysis of drinking water samples.

In May 2005, the TCEQ began conducting sampling events on-site and off-site. Sampling of the on-site and off-site soil and groundwater detected chemicals, including, arsenic, barium, chromium, lead, mercury, bis(2-ethylhexyl)adipate, bis(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate, diethyl phthalate, di-n-butyl phthalate, methylene chloride, 1,4 dichromobenzene, toluene, and trichloroethene (TCE).

In August 2005, the TCEQ conducted a Removal Action (RA) at the Site. The RA consisted of removal and demolition of 14 aboveground storage tanks (ASTs) from the tank farm and removal of one UST. The tank farm was constructed on a flat concrete slab with a soil berm surrounding the tank farm. The sampling and analysis of the tank contents revealed the presence of benzene, 2-butanone, tetrachloroethene and 1,1,1-trichloroethane.

During the removal of the UST, staining and odor were noted in the surrounding soil. It was also noted that the bottom of the UST developed a hole due to corrosion. Analytical data of the soil collected from the UST basin indicated presence of acetone, tetracholoethene, 1,1-dichloroethene, methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE), and toluene. To determine vertical extent of soil contamination, four soil borings were advanced to 12 feet below the UST basin. Analysis of the soil samples collected from soil borings indicated the presence of acetone, trichloroethene, cis-1,2-dichloroethene, MTBE, and vinyl chloride between a depth of four feet to ten feet. The contaminated soil was excavated and a total of 3,600 cubic yards of contaminated soil was transported for off-site disposal at Waste Management's Coastal Plain Landfill in Alvin, Texas.

In November 2005, in order to determine the extent of soil contamination, five direct push soil borings were advanced to a depth of 20 feet in a contaminated area 30 feet west and north of the former UST basin. Subsurface soil samples collected from the borings documented presence of trichloroethene, and cis-1,2-dichloroethene. In an effort to investigate the potential releases to the groundwater TCEQ installed six monitor wells on-site in May 2006; these wells have been routinely monitored since installation. The chemicals detected in the groundwater include trichloroethene, cis-1,2-dichloroethene, 2-butanone, MTBE, acetone and toluene.

A public meeting will be held March 19, 2009, at 7:00 p.m., at the Pearland Junior High South, located at 4719 Bailey Road, Pearland, Texas 77584. The purpose of this meeting is to obtain additional information regarding the Site relative to its eligibility for listing on the state Registry, identify additional potentially responsible parties, and obtain public input and information regarding the appropriate use of land on which the facility that is the subject of this notice is located. The public meeting is not a contested case hearing under the Texas Administrative Procedure Act (Texas Government Code, Chapter 2001).

All persons desiring to make comments 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 18, 2009 and should be sent in writing to Mr. Subhash C. Pal, P.E., Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Remediation Division, MC 136, P.O. Box 13087, Austin, Texas 78711-3087 or by facsimile at (512) 239-2450. The public comment period for this action will end at the close of the public meeting on March 19, 2009.

A portion of the record for this Site, including documents pertinent to the executive director's determination of eligibility, is available for review at the Pearland Library, located at 3522 Liberty Drive, Pearland, Texas 77581, during regular business hours. Copies of the complete public record file may be obtained during regular business hours or at the commission's Records Management Center, Building E, First Floor, Records Customer Service, MC 199, Austin, Texas 78753, telephone number (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.

For further information about this Site or the public meeting, please call Crystal Taylor, TCEQ Community Relations, at (800) 633-9363. Information is also available regarding the state Superfund program at www.tceq.state.tx.us/remediation/superfund/index.html.


Kathleen C. Decker

Director, Litigation Division

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

Filed: January 27, 2009

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