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Aluminum Finishing

No further Superfund environmental response actions are required on this former metal finishing facility in Houston, Harris County. This site was referred to the Voluntary Cleanup Program.


Referred to Voluntary Cleanup Program (VCP ID 1956)

Site Background

The Aluminum Finishing Company site is a former metal-finishing facility that was in operation from March 1981 to January 1993. The operator was electroplating metal nuts and bolts of various sizes by first cleaning them in a solution of caustic sodium cyanide, and then electroplating them with cadmium and coating with chromium. The metal-cleaning solution was neutralized with sulfuric acid. Wastewater from the electroplating process was collected in tanks and left to evaporate. The City of Houston had previously cited the operator for discharging plating wastewater into the city’s sanitary sewer system. At the time of the investigation, six rectangular tanks contained varying amounts of cadmium/chromium sludge. The site consisted of a large metal warehouse and a former office building at the time of the hazard ranking. Currently, the large metal building is occupied by Riverside Kitchen and Bath and used for storage of lumber and partially finished cabinets, and other woodworking operations. The former office building had been converted to the current owner’s residence.

Superfund Actions Taken to Date

  • September 1997, a hazard ranking system (HRS) document was prepared for the Aluminum Finishing Company site.
  • May 19, 2006, a legal notice Exit TCEQ Site were published in the Texas Register (31 TexReg 4253-4254), and the Houston Chronicle, describing the site and proposing the site for listing on the state Superfund registry.
  • June 29, 2006, a public meeting to receive citizen comments was held at the DeBakey High School for Health Professions, 3100 Shenandoah, Houston.
  • October 2, 2006, the remedial investigation/feasibility study and remedial action is currently being negotiated with the property owner under the Voluntary Cleanup Program.
  • April 2, 2007, the property owner has begun Voluntary Clean Program activity leading to removal of contaminated soil.
  • June 1, 2007, a legal notice Exit TCEQ Site were published in the Texas Register (32 TexReg 3027-
    3028), and the Houston Chronicle, proposing to delete the site from the state Superfund registry.
  • August 24, 2007, a legal notice Exit TCEQ Site was published in the Texas Register, (32 TexReg 5412), officially deleting the site from the state Superfund registry in accordance with 30 TAC §335.344(c) and 30 TAC §361.189(a). The site was accepted into the Voluntary Cleanup Program.

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Site Specific Information

EPA ID : TXD988020228
Location : Houston, Harris County
Type of Facility : Metal Plating Facility
Category : Deleted from Registry
Media Affected : Soil
Latitude : 29º42'31"N
Longitude : -95º22'30"W
Hazard Ranking Score (HRS) : 6.38
Contaminants at time of HRS : Cadmium, Chromium, Lead
TCEQ Region : Houston - 12
Funded by : Potentially Responsible Parties

Contact Information

Voluntary Cleanup Program Contact
Richard Goldsmith
512-239-2960 or 1-800-633-9363

Superfund Program Contact
Jeffrey E. Patterson
Phone: 512-239-2489 or 1-800-633-9363

Records Repositories

Young Branch Library
5260 Griggs Road
Palm Center
Houston TX 77021

TCEQ Central File Room
12100 Park 35 Circle
Building E, First Floor
Room 103
Austin TX 78753
512-239-1850 (fax)