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Camtraco Enterprises, Inc.

This former fuel storage/fuel blending/distillation facility in Pearland, Brazoria County is being addressed under the State Superfund Program.

Site Background

The Camtraco Enterprises, Inc. site (the site) is located at 18823 Amoco Drive in Pearland, Brazoria County, Texas. The site consists of approximately 3.5 acres of mostly vacant rural land. Residential properties are located south, west and north of the site. The site is bounded on all sides by a chain link fence. The site has been documented in the past as operating as a fuel storage and fuel blending/distillation facility. The blending/distillation operation employed six 18,000-gallon tanks, seven 10,000-gallon tanks, one 36,000-gallon tank and one 2,000-gallon underground storage tank used as a sump. The company also, at one time, had accepted barge-cleaning wastes. Investigations identified evidence of on-site spills, air violations, and buried drums. The site has been inactive since 1992 and is presently abandoned.

Superfund Actions Taken to Date

  • August 2008, a hazard ranking system (HRS) document was prepared for the site.
  • February 6, 2009, a legal notice Exit TCEQ Site was published in the Texas Register and Pearland Reporter News (on February 11), describing the site and proposing the site for listing on the state Superfund registry.
  • February 23-24, 2009, groundwater samples were collected from on-site monitoring wells. TCE was detected above the residential groundwater Protective Concentration Level (PCL) in one monitoring well.
  • February 24-25, 2009, groundwater samples were collected from off-site residential wells. Lead was detected above the PCL in one well . That well was re-sampled on March 19, 2009, and the lead level was below the PCL.
  • March 19, 2009, a public meeting was held to receive community comments on the proposal of the Camtraco Enterprises, Inc. site for listing on the Texas Superfund registry and the use of a commercial/industrial land classification for remediation of site contamination.
  • June 15-18, 2009, Remedial Investigation started. On-site soil and sediment samples were collected. Off-site background groundwater samples from residential wells and off-site background soil samples were also collected.
  • August 3, 2009, groundwater samples were collected from on-site monitoring wells. Preliminary results indicated TCE was detected above the PCL in one monitoring well.
  • August 4-5, 2010, groundwater samples were collected from nine residential wells. Lead was detected in one residential well above the lead PCL. Bottled drinking water was provided to the owner of this well. The well was resampled in September and lead was not detected above its PCL. Groundwater samples were also collected from eight monitoring wells. Trichloroethene (TCE) was detected above the residential groundwater Protective Concentration Level (PCL) in two monitoring wells. Lead was also detected above the residential groundwater PCL in one monitoring well.
  • December 29, 2010, a newsletter was mailed to residents and property owners.
  • August 2012, The site had one water well and it was plugged and abandoned in August 2012. All investigative-derived waste (IDW) was properly disposed of off-site.
  • October 3, 2012, the Remedial Investigation Technical Memorandum (RITM) was prepared to summarize the field activities and analytical results from 2011. Soil samples were collected on-site and off-site in July 2011. The soil sample results showed metals and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) above the commercial/industrial Protective Concentration Levels (PCLs). Groundwater samples were collected on-site and off-site in August 2011. The groundwater sample results showed trichloroethene (TCE) above the PCL. The Annual Groundwater Monitoring Report was prepared to summarize the quarterly groundwater sampling results from December 2011 to August 2012. From the 18 monitoring wells, the groundwater sample results showed TCE above the PCL in four monitoring wells and arsenic above the PCL in five monitoring wells.

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Site Specific Information

EPA ID : TXN000606767
Location : Pearland, Brazoria County
Site Status : HRS Completed
Type of Facility : Fuel Storage/Fuel Blending/Distillation
Category : Proposed to Registry
Media Affected : Groundwater, soil
Latitude : 29º 30' 15.0618"
Longitude : -95º 16' 12.1548"
Hazard Ranking Score (HRS) : 46.8
Contaminants at time of HRS : arsenic, barium, chromium, lead, mercury, bis(2-ethylhexyl)adipate, bis(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate, diethyl phthalate, di-n-butyl phthalate, methylene chloride, 1,4-dichlorobenzene, toluene, and trichloroethene (TCE).
TCEQ Region : Houston - 12

Contact Information

Superfund Project Manager
Lam Tran

Superfund Community Relations Liaison
Crystal Taylor
512-239-3844 or 1-800-633-9363

Records Repositories

Pearland Library
3522 Liberty Drive
Pearland, Texas 77581

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

Required use of SW-846 Method 5035

New Information

Beginning January 1, 2016, the TCEQ Remediation Division will require the use of United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) SW846 Method 5035A, Purge-and-Trap and Extraction for Volatile Organics in Soil and Waste Samples, as amended, for the collection and preparation of solid samples for volatile organic compound (VOC) analysis using purge-and-trap technology.

The TCEQ Remediation Division guidance on Method 5035 has been updated and is available.