The Bestplate, Inc. site is located at 1090 South Interstate 45, in the city of Hutchins, Dallas County, Texas. Operations at the 2.93-acre site began in 1976 and continued until the company filed for bankruptcy in January 21, 1986. The company manufactured and plated metal accessories for trucks. An annual inspection by the Hazardous and Solid Waste Enforcement Section of the Texas Department of Water Resources on April 19, 1983, revealed unauthorized discharges, averaging 3,000 gallons per day, of plating waste containing nickel and chromium into the ditch. The waste had been discharged into a ditch since 1976. Bestplate, Inc. was found to be in non-compliance with 16 points of the Texas Administrative Code, as well as a similar number of federal regulations. A Texas Water Commission inspection on June 11, 1986, revealed that the Bestplate, Inc. complex was abandoned but contained a substantial quantity of unused product and waste.
Superfund Actions Taken to Date
- October 16, 1987, a legal notice was published in the Texas Register, (12 TexReg 3858-3859) proposing the site to the state Superfund registry, and announcing that a public meeting to receive citizen comments would be held at the Trinity River Authority Central Plant in Grand Prairie on November 10, 1987.
- January 22, 1988, a legal notice was published in the Texas Register (13 TexReg 427-428) listing the site on the state Superfund registry.
- October 1989, remedial investigation started.
- September 1, 1993, effective date of the creation of the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission from the joining of the Texas Water Commission, the Texas Air Control Board and a portion of the Texas Department of Health.
- February 1995, focused feasibility study started.
- April 1995, the Final Feasibility Study report was approved, marking completion of the Remedial
Investigation/Feasibility Study phase.
- May 19, 1995, a legal notice was published in the Texas Register (20 TexReg 3791) announcing a public meeting would be held July 6, 1995, at the Hutchins City Hall Council Chambers to present to the community the best choice among cleanup remedies and to receive citizen comments to be considered in the final recommended remedy.
- July 6, 1995, a public meeting was held at Hutchins City Hall to receive comments on the proposed cleanup alternative, which was a combination of waste management technologies that included chemical decontamination of the concrete floor, removal and disposal of the concrete in the plating line area, decontamination of the plating vats by acid treatment, and off-site disposal of concrete, sediment, and cleaning solutions to reduce all health risks to acceptable levels for industrial/commercial use.
- December 4, 1995, TNRCC issued an administrative order directing the potentially responsible party to conduct or to fund the remedial design and the remedial action at the site. The order set cleanup levels, selected the remedy for cleanup, and established rules, responsibilities and enforcement options for remedial design/remedial action under the state Superfund process.
- September 4, 1997, remedial action started.
- January 6, 1998, remedial action completed.
- March 5, 1998, an affidavit of lien payable to the commission was filed in the Dallas County real property records by the TNRCC. The lien was filed pursuant to the Texas Solid Waste Disposal Act, Texas Health and Safety Code §361.194, to recover the state's remediation expenses.
- May 8, 1998, a legal notice was published in the Texas Register (23 TexReg 4683-4684) proposing to delete the site from the state Superfund registry in accordance with 30 TAC §335.344(c) and inviting public comment on the determination that the site no longer presented an imminent and substantial endangerment to public health and safety or the environment.
- June 19, 1998, a legal notice was published in the Texas Register (23 TexReg 6646) officially deleting Bestplate, Inc. from the state Superfund registry in accordance with 30 TAC §335.344(c). No challenges or comments were received on the determination that the site no longer presented an imminent and substantial endangerment to public health and safety or the environment. No further remedial action was planned and the site was returned to industrial/commercial (nonresidential) use.
- September 1, 2002, effective date of the name change from Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission (TNRCC) to Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).