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AGENCY Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
ISSUE 02/13/2009
ACTION Miscellaneous

Notice of Intent to Perform Removal Action at the Process Instrumentation and Electrical (PIE) Proposed State Superfund Site in Odessa, Ector County, Texas

The executive director of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ or commission) hereby issues public notice of intent to perform a removal action, as provided by Texas Health and Safety Code (THSC), §361.133, for the Process Instrumentation and Electrical (PIE) proposed state Superfund site (the site). The site, including all land, structures, appurtenances, and other improvements, is approximately one acre located at the northwest corner of Andrews Highway (Highway 385) and 48th Street adjacent to the City of Odessa, Ector 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 facility proposed for listing is located within the Oil, Gas and Construction, Inc. property and consists of a cinder block building where a chrome plating shop once operated. The site description may change as additional information is gathered on the sources and extent of contamination.

The site is located in a light commercial/residential area adjacent to the Odessa city limits. It is believed a chrome plating shop operated on the site between 1953 and 1962. The site is currently inactive. Chromium was detected in nearby wells above the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) National Primary Drinking Water Regulations Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) of 100 parts per billion (ppb). The volatile organic compounds 1,2-dichloroethane (1,2-DCA) and tetrachloroethene (PCE) were also detected above their MCLs of 5 ppb in some wells. Most residences are connected to city water; however, the TCEQ installed filtration systems and began monitoring contaminant concentrations on a regular basis in some residences that use private groundwater wells. To date, the TCEQ continues to monitor the groundwater contaminant plumes and maintain the filtration systems. The removal action will consist of connecting the residences whose drinking water wells have levels of 1,2-DCA, PCE and/or Chromium above the MCLs to a municipal drinking water source.

The site is proposed for listing under THSC, Chapter 361, Subchapter F. Providing an alternate drinking water source to the residences is an integral strategy to protect human health as well as beneficial for the future remediation and restoration of the contaminated groundwater. A removal can be completed without extensive investigation and planning and will achieve a significant cost reduction for the site.

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 Ector County Public Library, 321 West 5th Street, Odessa, Texas, (432) 332-0633, during regular business hours. Copies of the complete public record file may be obtained during regular business hours at the commission's Records Management Center, Building E, First Floor, Records Customer Service, 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 for persons with disabilities is available on the east side of Building D, convenient to access ramps that are between Buildings D and E.

For further information, please contact Jeffrey E. Patterson, TCEQ Project Manager, Remediation Division, at (512) 239-2489 or Kelly Peavler, TCEQ Community Relations Liaison at (512) 239-1352 or (800) 633-9363.


Kathleen C. Decker

Director, Litigation Division

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

Filed: February 3, 2009

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