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El Paso Plating Works

No further remedial action for soil is required by Superfund at this metal plating facility in El Paso, El Paso County.

Site Background

The El Paso Plating Works site is located at 2422 Wyoming Avenue within the city limits, and approximately 1.9 miles northeast of downtown El Paso, El Paso County. On March 22, 1995, facing formal enforcement of cleanup orders from the TNRCC, an officer of EPPW said the company would voluntarily cease operations, but would not abandon the facility. Less than a month later, the facility was abandoned. On February 11, 1998, TNRCC abandoned enforcement action against the defunct EPPW corporation and referred the site to state and federal cleanup programs for remediation.

Superfund Actions Taken to Date

  • October 1, 1996, through March 3, 1997, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Emergency Response Branch conducted a removal action at the EPPW site, removing 440 gallons of acid liquids, 25 gallons of cyanide liquid, acetic acid, nitric acid, sodium bisulfate, 4,000 gallons of oxidizer liquids, 550 pounds of oxidizer solids, over 100,000 pounds of sludge and other solids, and 25 cubic yards of cut plastic drums, PVC pipe and plastic liners.
  • September 3, 1999, EPA notified the State of Texas that no further federal Superfund remedial action funding would be spent on the EPPW site, and referred responsibility of further cleanup to Texas.
  • February 4, 2000, a legal notice was published in the El Paso Times 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 by considered in any remedial action proposed for the site. A public meeting to receive citizen comments on the
    proposal, was to be held at the Houston Intermediate School cafeteria on March 9, 2000.
  • February 4, 2000, a legal notice was published in the Texas Register (25 TexReg 967-968) 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 land use designation may be considered in any remedial action proposed for the site. A public meeting to receive citizen comments on the proposal, was to be held at the Houston Intermediate School cafeteria on March 9, 2000.
  • March 9, 2000, a public meeting was held at the Houston Intermediate School in El Paso to receive citizen comments on proposing the El Paso Plating Works site to the state Superfund registry and use of commercial/industrial land specifications for remediation of the site contamination.
  • May 11, 2000, TNRCC issued a remedial investigation work order to determine the nature and extent of contamination.
  • May 15, 2000, a community relations plan was prepared for the El Paso Plating Works site.
  • June 15, 2000, access agreements from the neighbors were obtained for collecting samples during the remedial investigation.
  • September 15, 2000, samples were collected and analyzed to identify the presence
    of asbestos materials inside the existing building and as insulation encasing several pipelines and the boiler.
  • April 9-16, 2001, the asbestos was removed from the building.
  • April 16-23, 2001, the El Paso Plating Works building was demolished by TNRCC's contractor.
  • April 23, 2001, remedial investigation sampling was begun to determine the extent of contamination in the soil.
  • November 11, 2001, TNRCC issued a work order for additional soils sampling and installation of additional monitor wells.
  • November 13, 2001, TNRCC canvassed the neighborhood to obtain access agreements and talked to the residents about the site.
  • February 1, 2002, additional soil sampling was completed and additional monitor wells were installed.
  • March 18, 2002, additional sampling of the monitor wells and of soil was performed.
  • April 29, 2002, the monitor wells were sampled.
  • July 16, 2002, additional sampling of the monitor wells and of soil was performed.
  • August 16, 2002, TNRCC received the report on the results of the investigation.
  • September 1, 2002, effective date of the name change from Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission (TNRCC) to Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).
  • October 29, 2002, the monitor wells were sampled
  • February 5, 2003, TCEQ issued a work order amendment authorizing soil sampling under the concrete slab and off site.
  • February 28, 2003, a legal notice Exit TCEQ Site was published in the Texas Register (28 TexReg 1970) announcing the intent to perform a removal action at the site.
  • March 17, 2003, TCEQ issued a work order amendment authorizing additional soil sampling under the onsite concrete slab.
  • April 6, 2003, TCEQ continued sampling under the onsite slab.
  • April 12, 2003, TCEQ reviewed results from the soil sampling.
  • April 17, 2003, TCEQ issued a work order amendment authorizing more soil sampling under the onsite concrete slab.
  • May 6, 2003, sampling continued of soil under the concrete slab. Groundwater was sampled.
  • June 12, 2003, TCEQ issued a work order amendment authorizing additional groundwater monitor well sampling and preparation of an excavation work plan.
  • June 30, 2003, TCEQ conditionally approved the excavation work plan.
  • July 1, 2003, TCEQ issued a work order amendment authorizing repair of fence damage due to fallen tree limbs.
  • July 18, 2003, TCEQ authorized the excavation removal action.
  • July 21, 2003, excavation and removal began of contaminated soil and material.
  • July 26, 2003, another round of groundwater sampling began.
  • August 15, 2003, the removal action was completed for contaminated soils and materials on- and off-site.
  • August 22, 2003, the Superfund program referred the groundwater contamination to the petroleum storage tank responsible party remediation program to investigate.
  • August 26, 2003, a memo was placed in the file, noting that the site soil has been remediated to industrial/commercial cleanup levels and no further remedial action for soil is required by Superfund.
  • September 30, 2003, an affidavit of lien payable to the commission was filed in the El Paso County real property records by the TCEQ. 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 12, 2004, the background paragraph was edited to add a mention of the 1998 enforcement action.
  • February 24, 2005, an affidavit of lien payable to the commission was filed in the El Paso County real property records by the TCEQ. The lien was filed pursuant to the Texas Solid Waste Disposal Act, Texas Health and Safety Code §361.194, to recover the state's costs of remediation.
  • May 17, 2010, The August 26, 2003 entry was updated regarding the remediation status of the site
  • August 2012, four monitor wells MW-29, MW-30, MW-31, and MW-32 were installed to the northwest of the site in an attempt to identify the source of the contaminant perchloroethylene (PCE).

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Site Specific Information

EPA ID : TXD987993201
Location : El Paso, El Paso County
Site Status : Cleanup Complete
Type of Facility : Metal Plating
Category : Proposed to Registry
Media Affected : Soil
Latitude : 31º46'40"N
Longitude : -106º27'59"W
Hazard Ranking Score (HRS) : 13.73
Contaminants at time of HRS : Chromium, Nickel
TCEQ Region : El Paso - 6
Funded by : Hazardous & Solid Waste Remediation Fee Account

Contact Information

Superfund Project Manager
Omar Valdez
512-239-6858 or 1-800-633-9363
E-mail: superfnd@tceq.texas.gov

Superfund Community Relations Liaison
John Flores
512-239-5674 or 1-800-633-9363
E-mail: superfnd@tceq.texas.gov

Records Repositories

El Paso Public Library
501 North Oregon
El Paso TX 79901
915/543-5433

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