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Cass County Treating Company

This former wood treatment facility in Linden, Cass County, is being addressed under the State Superfund Program.

Site Background

The Cass County Treating Company site (the site) is located within the southeastern city limits of Linden, Cass county, Texas, at 304 Hall Street. The 17.07-acre site is bordered by residential areas to the west and north and undeveloped wooded areas to the south and east. The company began preserving wood with pentachlorophenol (PCP) in the 1960s. In 1984, the process was switched to chromated copper arsenate. In 1986, a TWC sampling inspection documented PCP releases into a drainage ditch and spring water leaving the site. In 1987, evidence of phenolic organic contamination was documented in the groundwater monitoring wells, located downgradient to the capped surface impoundments. The Cass County Treating Company ceased operations in 1997, but its equipment continued to be leased for wood treating by a series of leaseholders.

Superfund Actions Taken to Date

  • September 2004, a hazard ranking system (HRS) document was prepared for the Cass County Treating Company site.
  • January 2006, a community relations plan was prepared for the site and added to the official documents available for public viewing at the Atlanta Public Library and at the TCEQ Records Management Center.
  • February 3, 2006, a legal notice Exit TCEQ Site was published in the Texas Register (31 TexReg 741-742) describing the site, proposing the site for listing on the state Superfund registry and the identification of potentially responsible parties. TCEQ will use nonresidential land criteria in setting cleanup levels. Nonresidential land use would be based on the existing land use of the property as is prescribed in 30 TAC Chapter 350, Texas Risk Reduction Program under §350.53. A public meeting to receive citizen comments was to be held Thursday, March 9, 2006, at the Linden City Hall Council Chambers.
  • March 9, 2006, two residents attended the public meeting on the proposal of the site to the Superfund registry.
  • March 30, 2007, the site was surveyed and brush was cleared from the perimeter in preparation for installation of a fence to limit uauthorized access to the site.
  • June 22, 2007, a legal notice Exit TCEQ Site was published in the Texas Register, (32 TexReg 3867) of the intent to perform a removal action at the Cass County Treating Company site. The removal action will consist of the removal and disposal of chemical storage tanks and their contents, sumps, contaminated concrete, and dilapidated structures that would impede future investigations or present physical hazards to site workers.
  • August 31, 2007, a removal action was completed. The removal action included removal and disposal of chemical storage tanks and their contents, waste drums and their contents, sumps, contaminated concrete, and dilapidated structures that would have impeded future investigations and presented physical hazards to site workers.

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Site Specific Information

EPA ID : TXD008058844
Location : Linden, Cass County
Site Status : HRS Completed
Type of Facility : Wood Treatment
Category : Proposed to Registry
Media Affected : Groundwater, Soil, Sediment
Latitude : 33º00'10"N
Longitude : -94º21'02"W
Hazard Ranking Score (HRS) : 13.25
Contaminants at time of HRS : Cadmium, Chromium, Creosote constituents, Dieldrin, Endrin, Lead, Mercury, Napthalene, Pentachlorophenol
TCEQ Region : Tyler - 5
Funded by : Hazardous & Solid Waste Remediation Fee Account

Contact Information

Superfund Project Manager
Mary Simpson
512-239-4848 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

Atlanta Public Library
101 West Hiram
Atlanta TX  75551
903/786-2112

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