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Crim-Hammett

No further Superfund environmental response actions are required at this prior landfill in Henderson, Rusk County.

Site Background

The Crim-Hammett site is located at 801 Highway 64 in Henderson. The site occupies 3.6 acres just south of Highway 64 in north Henderson. The site was owned by members of the Crim family from September 1928 to April 1990, at which time it was sold to Hammett, who learned of the buried contaminants when he attempted to re-sell the property. TNRCC tests of the soil at the site indicated on-site soils were contaminated with antimony, copper, lead, and zinc. Tests in the sediment of the wetlands showed arsenic, chromium, lead, vanadium and chrysene, posing a threat to the ecology.

Superfund Actions Taken to Date

  • March 15, 2000, a copy of the hazard ranking system (HRS) documentation record was prepared for the Crim-Hammett site.
  • July 15, 2000, a community relations plan was prepared for the Crim-Hammett site.
  • July 21, 2000, a legal notice Exit TCEQ Site was published in the Texas Register (25 TexReg 7039-7040) and the Henderson Daily News describing the site, proposing the site for listing on the state Superfund registry, and also proposing commercial/industrial land use specifications for remediation of the site contamination. The nonresidential use of the land may be considered in any remedial action proposed for the site. A public meeting to receive citizen comments was to be held at the Council Chambers of Henderson City Hall on August 31, 2000.
  • August 15, 2000, effective date of a TNRCC work order for construction of a site perimeter fence to limit unauthorized access and for installation of signs warning of
    contamination.
  • August 31, 2000, a public meeting was held at the Council Chambers of Henderson City Hall to receive citizen comments on the proposal of the site for listing on the state Superfund registry. Explanatory responses were provided to questions and concerns.
  • December 13, 2000, TNRCC issued a work order to begin the first phase of the remedial investigation.
  • June 2001, site perimeter fence to limit unauthorized access was completed, and signs were posted on the fence warning of contamination.
  • October 2001, results of the preliminary remedial investigation indicated that the contaminants of concern are lead in the soil and lead and BTEX in the groundwater.
  • February 20, 2002, TNRCC received the finalized technical memorandum of the first phase of the remedial investigation.
  • April 4, 2002, TNRCC issued a work order for the second phase of the remedial investigation.
  • June 7-17, 2002, the second phase of the field work investigation was performed at the site.
  • August 16, 2002, TNRCC took samples of soil around an underground storage tank and the contents of the tank.
  • September 1, 2002, effective date of the name change from Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission (TNRCC) to Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).
  • December 20, 2002, additional field work was completed to fully delineate surface and subsurface contamination at the site.
  • February 28, 2003, a legal notice Exit TCEQ Site was published in the Texas Register (28 TexReg 1969-1970) announcing the intent to perform a removal action at the site.
  • May 5, 2003, TCEQ's contractor began excavation of contaminated material at the site.
  • June 4, 2003, TCEQ's contractor removed a 1,000-gallon underground storage tank and disposed of it in an approved off-site landfill.
  • June 27, 2003, excavation was completed of approximately 2,600 cubic yards of contaminated material from the site, and disposal of the material at an approved off-site landfill.
  • August 19, 2003, a memo was placed in the file, noting that the site had been remediated to industrial/commercial cleanup levels. No further remedial action is planned under Superfund.
  • March 2004, an updated community relations plan was prepared for the Crim-Hammett site.
  • March 12, 2004, a legal notice Exit TCEQ Site was published in the Texas Register (29 TexReg 2777-2778) and the Henderson Daily News proposing to delete the site from the state Superfund registry in accordance with 30 TAC &167;335.344(c) and inviting public comment on the determination that due to removal actions that have been performed, the site no longer presents an imminent and substantial endangerment to public health and safety or the environment. No further remedial action is necessary. A public meeting to receive citizen comments was to be held at the Henderson City Hall council chambers in Henderson on April 22, 2004.
  • April 16, 2004, a public meeting that had been scheduled for April 22, 2004, was postponed. A legal notice Exit TCEQ Site was published in the Texas Register (29 TexReg 3851) and the Henderson Daily News advising the community of the meeting delay to allow more time for the TCEQ to make final designation and notification of potentially responsible parties.
  • May 14, 2004, a legal notice Exit TCEQ Site was published in the Texas Register (29 TexReg 4984-4985) and the Henderson Daily News proposing to delete the site from the state Superfund registry in accordance with 30 TAC &167;335.344(c), and inviting public comment on the determination that due to removal actions that have been performed, the site no longer presents an imminent and substantial endangerment to public health and safety or the environment. No further remedial action is necessary. A public meeting to receive citizen comments was scheduled at the Henderson City Hall council chambers in Henderson on June 17, 2004.
  • June 16, 2004, update to May 5, 2003, entry to correct the identification of excavated material.
  • June 16, 2004, update to June 27, 2003, entry to correct the identification of excavated material.
  • April 2004, TCEQ issued a work order to the contractor to plug the monitoring wells.
  • June 17, 2004, a public meeting was held at the Henderson City Hall council chambers in Henderson to receive public comment on the determination that due to removal actions that have been performed, the site no longer presents an imminent and substantial endangerment to public health and safety or the environment. No further remedial action is necessary.
  • August 6, 2004, a legal notice Exit TCEQ Site was published in the Texas Register (29 TexReg 7774-7775), officially deleting the Crim-Hammett site from the state Superfund registry in accordance with 30 TAC §335.344(c). It was determined that the site no longer presented an imminent and substantial endangerment to public health and safety or the environment. A deed notice has been filed in the real property records of Rusk County which restricts use of the property to commercial-industrial (nonresidential).

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Site Specific Information

EPA ID : TX0001315886
Location : Henderson, Rusk County
Site Status : CLEANUP COMPLETE - NO FURTHER SUPERFUND ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSE ACTIONS ARE REQUIRED
Type of Facility : Landfill
Category : Deleted from Registry
Media Affected : Soil, Sediment, Water
Latitude : 32º10'04"N
Longitude : -94º47'58"W
Hazard Ranking Score (HRS) : 30.0
Contaminants at time of HRS : Antimony, Arsenic, Chrysene, Copper, Lead, Vanadium, Zinc, Heptachlor
TCEQ Region : Tyler - 5
Funded by : Hazardous & Solid Waste Remediation Fee Account

Contact Information

Superfund Program Contact
Jeffrey E. Patterson
Phone: 512-239-2489 or 1-800-633-9363
E-mail: superfnd@tceq.texas.gov

Records Repositories

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