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AGENCY Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
ISSUE 06/28/2002
ACTION Miscellaneous

Notice of Public Meeting (Rogers Delinted Cottonseed Company)

The Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission (commission) is required under the Texas Solid Waste Disposal Act, Texas Health and Safety Code, Chapter 361, as amended (the Act), to publish annually 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 May 24, 2002 issue of the Texas Register (27 TexReg 4633).

In accordance with §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 or area that the executive director has determined eligible for listing and which the executive director proposes to list on the state registry. The commission also gives notice in accordance with the Act, §361.1855, that it proposes a land use other than residential as appropriate for the facility identified below. The commission proposes a commercial/industrial land use designation. Determination of appropriate land use may impact the remedial investigation and remedial action for the site.

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. The notice of intent to list this facility was also published on June 27, 2002 in the Farmersville Times.

The facility proposed for listing is the Rogers Delinted Cottonseed Company, located approximately one mile east of Farmersville, Texas at the intersection of SH 380 and FM 547 in Collin County, Texas. The geographic coordinates of the site are latitude 33ø 09 18.74 N and longitude 96ø 19 46.93 W. 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 description may change as additional information is gathered on the sources and extent of contamination.

The facility known as Rogers Delinted Cottonseed Company covers approximately 81 acres. The facility operated at its current location for approximately 19 years from 1965 to 1984, when it was abandoned. The site may be divided into three separate areas: 1) the processing area in the northwest corner of the site (approximately 20 acres); 2) irrigation fields located south and east of the processing area (approximately 30 acres); and 3) remaining undeveloped land located along the eastern part of the site. Arsenic compounds were used to defoliate the cotton plants. The facility then delinted the cottonseeds by washing them with 5.0% sulfuric acid to chemically remove husks, lints, fibers, and other suspended particulate matters. The process also included the use of a fungicide to protect the delinted cottonseeds. The spent acid solution from the process area was collected in two surface impoundments. The impoundments were used as settling ponds to separate the suspended solids from the acid solution. The water from the impoundments was discharged by evaporation and irrigation of the cotton fields.

A screening site inspection (SSI) conducted in 1995, identified and investigated the specific areas where hazardous substances were either used, stored, or spilled. These include: 1) two inactive surface impoundments; 2) two 15,000 gallon above-ground sulfuric acid storage tanks; 3) the pesticide drum storage area; 4) the seed storage silo area; 5) the irrigation field south and east of the processing area; and 6) the tail water pond located in the northeast corner of the property. In addition, some of the hazardous substances are reportedly stored inside the process building.

Nineteen soil/sediment samples were collected and analyzed during the SSI. The analytical data indicated no apparent release of site contaminants to the surface water pathway. However, soil sample analytical data documented the presence of dieldrin, aroclor 1254 and 1260, arsenic, cadmium, copper, lead, selenium, and zinc in soil in concentrations at least three times the background level.

A public meeting will be held August 15, 2002, at 6:00 pm, City of Farmersville, City Council Chambers, 205 South Main Street, Farmersville. 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 potential 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 will be legislative in nature and 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., August 15 2002, and should be sent in writing to Mr. Subhash Pal, P.E., Project Manager, Superfund Cleanup Section, Remediation Division, Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission, MC 143, 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 August 15, 2002.

A portion of the records for this site, including documents pertinent to the executive director's determination of eligibility, is available for review at the Charles J. Rike Memorial Library, 203 Orange Street, Farmersville Texas, 75422, at (972) 782-6681, 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, 12100 Park 35 Circle, Austin, Texas 78753, telephone numbers (800) 633-9363 or (512) 239-2920. Photocopying of file information is subject to payment of a fee. Handicapped parking is available on the east side of Building D, convenient to access ramps that are between Buildings D and E.


Paul Sarahan

Director, Litigation Division

Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission

Filed: June 18, 2002

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