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AGENCY Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
ISSUE 07/19/2002
ACTION Miscellaneous

Notice of Public Meeting to Propose Hicks Field Sewer Corporation for Listing on the Texas Superfund Registry and to Propose Non-Residential Land Use

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 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 May 24, 2002, issue of the Texas Register (27 TexReg 4633).

In accordance with 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 or area 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 in accordance with the Act, §361.1855, that it proposes a land use other than residential as appropriate for the facility identified later in this notice. 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. This notice of intent to list this facility was also published on July 18, 2002, in the Northwest Tarrant County Times-Record.

The facility proposed for listing is the Hicks Field Sewer Corporation, located southwest of Big Fossil Creek, approximately 1.8 miles west of the intersection of U. S. Highway 81-287 and Farm to Market Road 156. The geographic coordinates of the site are 32 degrees 54 minutes 19.70 seconds North, and 97 degrees 23 minutes 22.45 seconds West. The site is located approximately 2.5 miles northwest of Saginaw, Tarrant County, Texas. The property consists of 12.02 acres and is primarily surrounded by agriculture with the land used for grazing and farmland. The nearest residence is located approximately 0.5 miles to the southwest along Business Route 287. The facility is currently inactive and abandoned.

The Hicks Field Sewer Corporation site operated from the early 1970's to mid-1994, providing sewage treatment services for the nearby industrial park. The majority of wastes treated at the plant were domestic; however, a metal finishing industry discharged pretreated process rinse waters containing heavy metals from the early 1970's until the metal finishing operations ceased in early 1981.

Inspections of the plant by the Texas Water Quality Board, the Texas Water Commission, and the commission indicated elevated levels of aluminum, antimony, barium, cadmium, chromium, cobalt, copper, iron, lead, magnesium, manganese, mercury, nickel, silver, sodium, zinc, and cyanide remain in the soil and sludge at the site. The inspections also indicated releases (i.e., greater than three times the highest applicable background value) of cadmium, chromium, and copper in sediments downstream of the site. This includes a release of cadmium to two downstream in-water segment wetland areas located along the shoreline of Walnut Lake, which is also used as a private fishery.

A public meeting will be held Thursday, August 22, 2002, at 7:00 p.m., in Saginaw City Hall Council Chambers, 333 West McLeroy Blvd., in Saginaw, Texas. 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 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 22, 2002, and should be sent in writing to Mr. Dan Switek, Superfund Cleanup Section, Remediation Division, Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission, MC 143, P.O. Box 13087, Austin, TX 78711-3087 or facsimile at (512) 239-2450. The public comment period for this action will end at the close of the public meeting on August 22, 2002.

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 Saginaw Library, 355 West McLeroy Blvd., Saginaw, Texas, telephone (817) 232-2100, 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: July 9, 2002

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