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AGENCY Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
ISSUE 11/08/2002
ACTION Miscellaneous

Notice of Intent to Delete the Old Lufkin Creosoting State Superfund 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 Old Lufkin Creosoting state Superfund site (the Site) from the state registry, 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 Clean-up Program.

The Site, including all land, structures, appurtenances, and other improvements, is approximately 13 acres in size, located at 1411 East Lufkin Avenue in Lufkin, Angelina County, Texas. The Site also included any areas where hazardous substances had come to be located as a result of, either directly or indirectly, releases of hazardous substances from the Site.

The Lufkin Creosoting Company (LCC) began operations at 1411 Lufkin Avenue in 1946. The company treated telephone poles, fence posts, railroad ties, and dimensionalized lumber at this location until 1979 when the operations were moved to a larger site on US Highway 69. The LCC began operations almost exclusively using creosote, or coal tar, to treat the wood products they produced. The only other treatment chemical utilized at this location was pentachlorophenol, which was used for about six months for treating fence posts. The treatment cylinders, boilers, pumps, tanks and associated plumbing were located in an area bounded by the eastern property line and the south side of the drainage ditch. To date, remedial activities have not been completed but are anticipated to be completed while in the TCEQ's Voluntary Clean-up Program. The Site is not appropriate for residential use according to state risk reduction regulations applicable to the Site.

The Site has been accepted into the TCEQ Voluntary Clean-up Program and is therefore eligible for deletion from the state registry as provided by 30 Texas Administrative Code §335.344(c).

In accordance with §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 Tuesday, December 10, 2002, at 7:00 p.m. at Lufkin City Hall, second floor, in Room 202. Lufkin City Hall is located at the intersection of 3rd Street and Shepherd Street in Lufkin, Texas. After hours entrance to Lufkin City Hall may be accessed at the 3rd Street entrance.

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., December 10, 2002, and should be sent in writing to Mr. Rob Conti, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Remediation Division, Superfund Clean-up Section, 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 of December 10, 2002.

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 Kurth Memorial Library, 706 S. Raguet Street, Lufkin, Texas 75901, telephone number (936) 630-0560. The complete public file may be obtained during regular business hours at the commission's Records Management Center, Building E, First Floor, 12100 Park 35 Circle, Austin, telephone numbers (800) 633-9363 or (512) 239-2920. Fees are charged for photocopying file information.

For further information about the public meeting, please call Mr. Bruce McAnally, TCEQ, Community Relations Coordinator, at (800) 633-9363, extension 2141.


Paul C. Sarahan

Director, Litigation Division

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

Filed: October 29, 2002

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