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Bailey Metal Processors, Inc.

This former scrap copper and lead reclamation facility in Brady, McCulloch County is being addressed under the State Superfund Program.

Site Background

The Bailey Metal Processors, Inc., site is located approximately one mile northwest of Brady, McCulloch county, Texas, on Highway 87. The site occupies five acres. The triangular-shaped site is bordered to the south by a railroad, to the north by the Brady Independent School District bus barn and two mobile homes, and to the east by Highway 87. The facility operated as a scrap metal dealer, primarily conducting copper and lead reclamation. Paper, plastic, and lead coatings were removed from wires to reclaim the metals. Two furnaces at the site were used to burn off the plastic insulation from the wire.

Superfund Actions Taken to Date

  • August 2004, a hazard ranking system (HRS) document was prepared for the Bailey Metal Processors, Inc., site. The complete hazard ranking system document is available as part of official repository records at the Richards Memorial Library and the TCEQ Records Management Center.
  • February 2005, a community relations plan was prepared for the Bailey Metal Processors, Inc., site.
  • March 24, 2005, TCEQ began mailing out requests to identified potentially responsible parties, asking them to participate in an agreed order to fund or perform a remedial investigation and feasibility study at the site.
  • March 28, 2005, a legal notice was published in the Brady Herald Standard describing the site, proposing the site to the state Superfund registry, and announcing that a public meeting to receive citizen comments would be held May 12, 2005, at the Brady City Hall.
  • April 1, 2005, a legal notice Exit TCEQ Site was published in the Texas Register (27 TexReg 6575) describing the site, proposing the site for listing on the state Superfund registry, proposing commercial/industrial land use designation for the site, and announcing that a public meeting to receive citizen comments would be held May 12, 2005, at the Brady City Hall council chambers.
  • May 12, 2005, a public meeting was held at the Brady City Hall council chambers to receive citizen comments on the proposal to list the Bailey Metal Processors site on the state Superfund registry. There were no challenges to the use of nonresidential standards in the planned remedial action proposed for the site.
  • May 2006, a work order was issued for the start of the remedial investigation. Also, soil samples were collected onsite and from surrounding properties.
  • June 2006, a work order was issued for the start of the groundwater investigation and additional sampling of off-site soils.
  • September 2006, a groundwater and off-site soil investigation sampling event was performed.
  • December 2006, the results of the September 2006 groundwater and off-site soil investigation sampling event were received.
  • December 2008 a groundwater sampling event was conducted.
  • March 16, 2009, a groundwater sampling event was conducted.
  • June 4, 2009, a groundwater sampling event was conducted.
  • May 2011, a groundwater monitoring event occurred at the site.
  • July 2011, four new monitor wells were installed on-site, and a groundwater monitoring event occurred at the site.
  • August 2011, the Remedial Investigation continued with Phase 5 of the investigation. Phase 5 included:
    • a well yield test on four on-site monitor wells to determine the groundwater classification below the site;
    • collection of 30 soil samples on and off-site at depths of 0 to 0.5 feet (ft) below ground surface (bgs), 3 to 3.5 ft bgs, 6 to 6.5 ft bgs, and 9 to 9.5 ft bgs in order to determine the vertical extent of contamination;
    • collection of three geotechnical samples to determine soil pH, particle size distribution, and fraction organic carbon; and
    • a survey conducted by Bury+Partners, Inc. on the waste piles throughout the site in order to determine the volume of waste on-site.
  • February 2012, a groundwater monitoring event occurred at the site.
  • June 2012, the Remedial Investigation continued with Phase 6 of the investigation. Phase 6 included:
    • instillation of 22 direct push technology (DPT) boreholes to depths of 25 ft bgs, on and off-site, in order to delineate the gravely material below the site;
    • collection of groundwater grab samples from the DPT boreholes;
    • instillation of seven temporary monitor wells in order to collect additional groundwater data;
    • collection of four sediment samples from areas around the Bailey Metal Processors, Inc. Site to determine if a release had occurred to nearby soils;
    • a Screening Level Ecological Risk Assessment (SLERA) Report; and
    • a slug test on all seven on-site monitor wells to collect additional groundwater data.
  • July 2012, a groundwater monitoring event occurred at the site to monitor the concentrations of arsenic and antimony.

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Site Specific Information

ID : TXD 988027272
Location : Brady, McCulloch County
Site Status : Evaluation Under Way
Type of Facility : Scrap Copper and Lead Reclamation
Category : Proposed to Registry
Media Affected : Soil
Latitude : 31º08'21"N
Longitude : -99º20'52"W
Hazard Ranking Score (HRS) : 7.25
Contaminants at time of HRS : Cadmium, Lead
TCEQ Region : San Angelo - 8
Funded by : Hazardous & Solid Waste Remediation Fee Account

Contact Information

Superfund Project Manager
Elizabeth Simmons
512-239-2606 or 1-800-633-9363
E-mail: superfnd@tceq.texas.gov

Superfund Community Relations Liaison
Crystal Taylor
512-239-3844 or 1-800-633-9363
E-mail: superfnd@tceq.texas.gov

Records Repositories

Richards Memorial Library
1106 South Blackburn Street
Brady TX 76825
325/597-2617

TCEQ Central File Room
12100 Park 35 Circle Building E,
First Floor Room 103
Austin, TX 78753
512-239-2900
512-239-1850 (fax)
cfrreq@tceq.texas.gov