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AGENCY Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
ISSUE 02/28/2003
ACTION Miscellaneous

Notice of Intent to Perform Removal Action at the Crim Hammett State Superfund Site

The executive director of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ or commission) hereby issues public notice of intent to perform a removal action, as provided by Texas Health and Safety Code (THSC), §361.133, for the Crim Hammett state Superfund site (the site). The site, including all land, structures, appurtenances, and other improvements, is approximately 3.6 acres located at 801 Highway 64 in Henderson, Rusk 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 site was owned by members of the Crim family from September 1928 to April 1990, at which time it was sold to Mr. Hammett, who learned of the site contamination when he attempted to re-sell the property. The contaminants of concern at the site are lead, benzene, ethylbenzene, toluene, and xylenes (total). In reviewing the data, it is believed the source of the lead contamination comes from the battery chips used as fill material when the previous owner filled in a portion of a lake at the site. The source of the benzene, ethylbenzene, toluene, and xylenes (total) is a leaking underground storage tank. Both sources are a threat to the groundwater beneath the site.

The site is proposed for listing under THSC, Chapter 361, Subchapter F.

The site removal can be completed without extensive investigation and planning and will achieve a significant cost reduction for the site. To ensure that the battery chips do not impact the groundwater in the future, an excavation and removal of the battery chips will be completed. The removal action will also include a removal of the leaking underground storage tank and soil to minimize the impact on the groundwater. These removal objectives can be achieved at the site without a detailed and extensive design process. Thus, the significant costs associated with that process can be averted.

A portion of the records for this site is available for review during regular business hours at the Rusk County Library, 106 East Main Street, Henderson Texas 75652-3117, (903) 657-8557. 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, North Entrance, Room 190, 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.

For further information, please contact Mr. Dan Switek, project manager, TCEQ, Remediation Division, at (512) 239-4132, or Mr. Bruce McAnally, Community Relations coordinator, TCEQ, at (512) 239-2141.


Paul C. Sarahan

Director, Litigation Division

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

Filed: February 18, 2003

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