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AGENCY Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
ISSUE 06/07/2002
ACTION Miscellaneous

Notice of Deletion of the Higgins Wood Preserving Site from the State Superfund Registry

The executive director (ED) of the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission (TNRCC or commission) is issuing this notice of deletion of the Higgins Wood Preserving site (the site) from the state registry, the list of proposed state Superfund sites. The state registry lists the contaminated 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 site was originally proposed for listing on the state registry on September 25, 1990. The site, including all land, structures, appurtenances, and other improvements is approximately 31 acres, located in the 400 block of North Timberline Drive (U.S. Hwy. 59) in Lufkin, Angelina 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.

Historical records indicate that the present location of the site was developed as a lumber mill by the Lufkin Land & Lumber Company as early as 1906. The property was occupied by various commercial wood creosoting ventures from 1937 to 1973. The creosoting facility was reportedly demolished in 1974, and the property was subsequently purchased for development as a commercial retail center. Towne Square Shopping Center was constructed in 1976, and the commercial retail facility has been in continuous operation on the western portion of the site, with various expansions completed during the period between 1977 and 1986. The eastern, undeveloped portion of the property has been inactive since 1974. Residual creosote constituents consisting of volatile and semi-volatile compounds along with non-aqueous phase liquid (NAPL) have been found at the site.

The site is not appropriate for residential use according to the Risk Reduction Rules, 30 TAC Chapter 335, Subchapter S.

In accordance with 30 TAC §335.344(b), the commission held a public meeting to receive comments on the proposed deletion of the site on April 25, 2002, at the TNRCC Park 35 Complex, Building D, Room 264, 12100 Park 35 Circle in Austin. Favorable comments regarding the proposed deletion were received 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, Building E, First Floor, 12100 Park 35 Circle, Austin, Texas 78753, telephone numbers (800) 633-9363 or (512) 239-2920. Fees are charged for photocopying file information.

Because the site has been accepted into the TNRCC Voluntary Cleanup Program, it may now be delisted from the state registry as provided by Texas Health and Safety Code §361.189(a) and 30 TAC §335.344(c)(5).

All inquiries regarding the deletion of the site should be directed to Mr. Bruce McAnally, TNRCC Community Relations, telephone numbers (800) 633-9363 or (512) 239-2141.


Paul Sarahan

Director, Litigation Division

Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission

Filed: May 28, 2002

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