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AGENCY Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
ISSUE 12/11/2009
ACTION Miscellaneous

Notice of Meeting on January 21, 2010, at the Iowa City Hall, Located at 12003 County Road 65, Iowa Colony, Brazoria County, Texas, Concerning the Force Road Oil and Vacuum Truck Company Proposed State Superfund Site

The purpose of the meeting is to obtain public input and information concerning the proposal to delete the Force Road Oil and Vacuum Truck Company proposed state Superfund site (the Site) from 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 Site from its proposed-for-listing status on the state registry. The state registry is the list of state Superfund sites which 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, pursuant to 30 TAC §335.344(c)(5).

The Site, including all land, structures, appurtenances, and other improvements, is approximately 28 acres located at 1722 County Road 573 (Alloy Road), northwest of Iowa Colony in Brazoria 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 approximately 28-acre site consists of two tracts of land divided by a road at the end of County Road 573. The north tract consists of 16 acres of undeveloped land. The 12-acre tract of land south of the road was formerly used as a wastewater disposal and oil recovery facility from 1971 to 1983. The waste oil was received from industrial plants and service stations.

Site operations primarily involved the use of five surface impoundments for the separation of waste brought to the Site. Upon entering the facility, tank trucks were unloaded into Pond 1. This pond acted as the primary site for the separation of oil and wastewater. After separation, the oil was pumped off to one of the aboveground storage tanks (ASTs) and the wastewater was pumped through a series of two more ponds (Ponds 2 and 3) in which additional gravity separation occurred. Separated oil from each of these ponds was pumped into the aboveground tanks. The fourth surface impoundment was an "L" shaped waste management unit identified as the Sludge Pond (Pond 4). This pond was used to store oily wastes that were too thick to use as road oil. The Evaporation Pond (Pond 5) was the last and largest holding pond in the series of ponds at the site. After entering this pond, the wastewater was evaporated using a spray system. An impoundment was also constructed to temporarily store wastewater while the Evaporation Pond was under construction. The Temporary Holding Pond exists as a shallow depression on the west side of the Site.

The only other structures remaining on the south tract are three ASTs, three underground storage tanks (USTs), and remnants of a metal pump house/storage shed. The ASTs are located along the northern portion of the former operations area. Two of the ASTs are estimated to be 20,000 gallons in size, and the third is estimated to be 12,000 gallons. These tanks are now empty. The USTs consist of buried railroad cars used to store various wastes. The total capacity of each UST is approximately 10,000 gallons. The tops of these tanks are exposed, and large openings have been cut in the tops of the tanks; however, no waste remains within the USTs.

On May 15, 2009, the Force Road Task Force submitted a Voluntary Cleanup Program application for the Site. On July 9, 2009, the TCEQ accepted the Site into the Voluntary Cleanup Program. The Force Road Task Force has proposed to remediate the former wastewater disposal and oil recovery facility to meet Remedy Standard B of the Texas Risk Reduction Program. The proposed site remediation includes: (1) removing and recycling the three empty ASTs; (2) abandoning the three empty USTs in place in accordance with 30 TAC §334.55(c); (3) removing the pump house/storage shed by recycling the sheet metal and placing the other building materials in the area to be capped; (4) dewatering Ponds 1 - 5, and treating (onsite with activated carbon or similar media) the water to the applicable standards prior to discharging the water to a ditch or disposing the water offsite at a permitted facility; (5) excavating affected sediment from Pond 5 and placing it in Ponds 1 - 4; (6) in-situ stabilizing the waste and affected sediment in Ponds 1 - 4 (using lime, fly ash, Portland cement or similar stabilizing agents); (7) constructing an engineered cap over Ponds 1 - 4 and the soil protective concentration level exceedence (PCLE) zones adjacent to Ponds 1 - 4; (8) constructing a security fence to include the capped area and groundwater plume management zone (PMZ); (9) filing an institutional control for the engineered cap and groundwater PMZ; and (10) two years of quarterly groundwater monitoring to demonstrate that the PCLE zones remain stable or shrinking and will permanently remain within the groundwater PMZ. Proposed post-response action care activities include: (1) monitoring and maintenance of the engineered cap for 30 years; and (2) three years of semi-annual groundwater monitoring to confirm the PCLE zones are permanently contained in the PMZ and post-response action care monitoring of groundwater is no longer necessary in accordance with 30 TAC §350.33(i).

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 January 21, 2010, at 7:00 p.m., at the Iowa Colony City Hall, 12003 County Road 65, Iowa Colony, 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 January 20, 2010, and should be sent in writing to Mark Arthur, P.G., Project Manager, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Remediation Division, MC 221, P.O. Box 13087, Austin, Texas 78711-3087 (or by facsimile: (512) 239-2450). The public comment period for this action will end at the close of the public meeting of January 21, 2010.

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 Alvin Branch Library, 65 South Gordon Street, Alvin, Texas 77511; (281) 388-4302. 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) 239-2463. Requests should be made as far in advance as possible.

For further information about the public meeting, please call Crystal Taylor, Community Relations Liaison, at (800) 633-9363.


Kathleen C. Decker

Director, Litigation Division

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

Filed: December 2, 2009

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