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Double R Plating

No further Superfund environmental response actions are required at this metal refinishing site in Queen City, Cass County.

Site Background

The Double R Plating Company site is located on County Road 3544 near Queen City, approximately 3 miles northwest of the intersection of U.S. 59 and Farm Road 96. The 15-acre site is bordered by residential properties to the north and south, County Road 3544 to the east, and an unnamed tributary of Black Bayou approximately 100 feet outside the west boundary. Starting in the mid-to-late 1970's. the site was used by metal refinishing companies that used a zinc/chromate conversion process to plate metal parts. The process generated electroplating waste water and sludge containing zinc and chromium. During operation of the facility, untreated sludge was apparently discharged onto a hillside behind the electroplating building and adjacent to the nearby creek. The facility has been abandoned since 1987. At the time of proposal to the state Superfund program, the site included approximately 210 cubic yards of chromium contaminated soil; 19 55-gallon drums of plating waste; 16 small containers; the electroplating building; several large and small storage sheds; two industrial (shallow) water wells; 4 connected concrete wastewater settling tanks, and 2 shallow unlined plating troughs.

Superfund Actions Taken to Date

  • September 10, 1991, a legal notice was published in the Texas Register (16 TexReg 4989) describing the site, proposing the site to the state Superfund registry, and specifying that a public meeting to receive citizen comments would be scheduled if requested by interested parties.
  • October 1, 1991, a request was received for a public meeting on the proposal of Double R Plating to the Texas Superfund. A legal notice was published in the Texas Register (16 TexReg 5419) announcing a public meeting had been scheduled November 7, at the Queen City High School cafeteria.
  • November 7, 1991, a public meeting was held at the Queen City High School cafeteria, regarding the proposal of Double R Plating to the Texas Superfund registry.
  • July 2, 1993, remedial investigation/feasibility study under way.
  • September 1, 1993, effective date of the creation of the Texas Natural Resource
    Conservation Commission from the joining of the Texas Water Commission and the Texas Air Control Board and a portion of the Texas Department of Health.
  • April 1996, a site perimeter fence was constructed to limit unauthorized access, and signs were posted warning of contamination.
  • March 10, 1997, the final study report was approved, marking completion of the remedial investigation/feasibility phase.
  • April 1, 1997, a legal notice was published in the Texas Register (22 TexReg 3263-3264) to present to the community the best choice among cleanup remedies and to receive citizen comments to be considered in the final recommended remedy. A public meeting was to be held May 20, 1997 at the City Hall in Queen City
  • April 2, 1997, legal notices were published in the Atlanta Citizen Journal and the Cass County Sun announcing a public meeting would be held May 20, 1997, at the City Hall in Queen City to present to the community the best choice among cleanup remedies and to receive citizen comments to be considered in the final recommended remedy.
  • May 20, 1997, a public meeting was held at the City Hall in Queen City to receive comments on the proposed cleanup alternative, which was excavation and off-site disposal.
  • October 21, 1997, TNRCC issued a final administrative order directing the potentially responsible parties to perform or pay for 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 state Superfund process.
  • October 31, 1997, effective date of a final TNRCC administrative order, setting cleanup levels, selecting the remedy for the cleanup, and establishing rules, responsibilities and enforcement options for the remedial design/remedial action under the state Superfund process. By issuing the order, the TNRCC has determined that the facility poses an imminent and substantial endangerment to public health and safety or the environment and has listed the site on the state Superfund registry.
  • January 14, 1998, remedial action under way.
  • March 20, 1998, an affidavit of lien payable to the commission was filed in the Cass 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
  • August 27, 1998, remedial action completed. Remedial action included removal of over 210 cubic yards of chromium-contaminated soil; cleaning of the electroplating building; removal of 183 drums (19 containing plating sludge and an additional 164 that contained waste generated by the site investigation and cleanup); removal of 16 small containers; and the plugging of the two on-site industrial (shallow) wells and five monitoring wells.
  • July 7, 1999, legal notices were published in the Atlanta Citizen Journal and the Cass County Sun 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 presents an imminent and substantial endangerment to public health and safety or the environment. No further remedial action planned; the property is considered appropriate for residential use.
  • July 16, 1999, a legal notice was published in the Texas Register, (24 TexReg 5595-5596) 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. No further remedial action is planned; the property is considered appropriate for residential use.
  • October 8, 1999, a legal notice was published in the Texas Register (24 TexReg 8782) officially deleting the Double R Plating Company from the state Superfund registry in accordance with 30 TAC §335.344(c). No challenges or comments were received to 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 is planned; the property is considered appropriate for residential use.
  • March 23, 2000, an affidavit of lien payable to the commission was filed in the Cass County real property records by the TNRCC. This 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
  • September 1, 2002, effective date of the name change from Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission (TNRCC) to Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).

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Site Specific Information

EPA ID : TXD981605843
Location : Queen City, Cass County
Site Status : CLEANUP COMPLETE - NO FURTHER SUPERFUND ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSE ACTIONS ARE REQUIRED
Type of Facility : Metal Refinishing Company
Category : Deleted from Registry
Media Affected : Soil
Latitude : 33º11'22"N
Longitude : -94º11'19"W
Hazard Ranking Score (HRS) : 25.05
Contaminants at time of HRS : Chromium
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