Force Road Oil and Vacuum Truck
Referred to Voluntary Cleanup Program (VCP ID 2269)
The Force Road Oil and Vacuum Truck Company site is located southeast of Arcola and northwest of the city of Iowa Colony at 1722 County Road 573 (Alloy Road) in Brazoria County. The site is approximately 1,300 feet east of the Brazoria-Fort Bend County line. The approximately 28-acre site consists of two tracts of land divided by County Road 573. The north tract consists of 16-acres of undeveloped land. The 12-acre tract of land south of County Road 573 was formerly used as a wastewater disposal and oil recovery facility from 1971 to 1983. The waste oils were received from industrial plants and service stations. Land surrounding the site is used primarily for agriculture and petroleum production.
At the south tract, site operations primarily involved the use of five ponds for the separation of waste brought to the site. Upon entering the facility, tank trucks were unloaded into Pond 1. This pond acted as the primary site for the separation of oils and wastewater. After separation, the oil was pumped off to one of the aboveground storage tanks and the wastewater was pumped through a series of two more ponds (Ponds 2 and 3) in which additional gravity separation occurred. Separated oil from each of these ponds was pumped into the aboveground tanks. The fourth surface impoundment was an “L” shaped waste management unit identified as the Sludge Pond (Pond 4). This pond was used to store oily wastes that were too thick to use as road oil. The Evaporation Pond (Pond 5) was the last and largest holding pond in the series of ponds at the site. After entering this pond, the wastewater was evaporated using a spray system. An impoundment was also constructed during site operations to temporarily store wastewater while the Evaporation Pond was under construction. The Temporary Holding Pond exists as a shallow depression on the west side of the site.
The only other structures remaining on the south tract are three aboveground storage tanks (ASTs), three underground storage tanks (USTs), and remnants of a metal pump house/storage shed. The ASTs are located along the northern portion of the former operations area adjacent to County Road 573. Two of the ASTs are estimated to be 20,000 gallons in size, and the third is estimated to be 12,000 gallons. The USTs consist of buried railroad cars used to store various wastes. The total capacity of each UST is approximately 10,000 gallons. The tops of these tanks are exposed, and large openings have been cut in the tops of the tanks. No waste remains in the ASTs or USTs.
Superfund Actions Taken to Date
- October 1997, a site perimeter fence was constructed to limit unauthorized access and signs were posted warning of contamination.
- August 15, 2000, a hazard ranking system (HRS) documentation record was prepared for the Force Road Oil and Vacuum Truck Company site.
- October 13, 2000, a legal notice was published in the Texas Register (25 TexReg 10413-10414) describing the site, proposing the site for listing on the state Superfund registry. Commercial/industrial land use specifications will be used 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 was scheduled at the Iowa Colony City Hall, 12003 County Road 65, on November 28, 2000.
- November 10, 2000, TNRCC began mailing out requests for response actions, which would show a good-faith offer from potentially responsible parties (PRPs),
asking them to enter into an agreed order to perform a remedial investigation and feasibility study at the site.
- November 28, 2000, a public meeting was held at the Iowa Colony City Hall to receive comments on the proposing of the Force Road Oil and Vacuum Truck Company site for listing on the Superfund registry and the plan to use commercial/industrial land use specifications for remediation of the site contamination.
- November 29, 2000, a community relations plan was prepared for the Force Road Oil and Vacuum Truck Company site.
- March 12, 2001, TNRCC mailed out a second round of requests for response action for a good-faith offer to additional identified PRPs.
- April 16, 2001, the TNRCC received a good-faith offer from 13 PRPs responding as a group to begin discussion of an agreed administrative order.
- August 12, 2001, the TNRCC project manager met with the site group of PRPs to discuss a standard administrative order and the identification of additional PRPs.
- September 12, 2001, TNRCC sent out an additional 89 PRP notices to a group of newly identified PRPs.
- November 14, 2001, TNRCC met with the site group of PRPs to negotiate the agreed administrative order to perform a remedial investigation and feasibility study.
- August 29, 2002, the TNRCC issued an agreed administrative order (AO) with PRPs which entered into the AO as PRPs agreeing to perform or pay for the remedial investigation and feasibility study at the site.
- September 1, 2002, effective date of the name change from Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission (TNRCC) to Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).
- September 8, 2002, effective date of the agreed administrative order issued by Texas Commission on Environmental Quality requiring the PRPs to conduct a remedial investigation and feasibility study, as authorized by §361.185 and 361.272 of the Texas Solid Waste Disposal Act, Texas Health and Safety Code, Chapter 361.
- November 2002, the PRPs submitted the draft of the phase 1 affected property assessment work plan.
- December 4, 2002, TCEQ reported its comments on the phase 1 affected property assessment work plan to the site group.
- January 10, 2003, TCEQ completed the review of the phase 1 affected property assessment work plan, and requested that the PRPs' consultant address the noted concerns.
- March 25, 2003, TCEQ approved the revised affected property assessment work plan submitted by the PRPs' consultant.
- April 21, 2003, the field work for the first phase of the remedial investigation began. The property was cleared, and monitoring wells were sampled as part of the effort to identify the chemicals of concern. Monitor wells MW-1, MW-2, and MW-5 were sampled. MW-4 was found to be damaged and contained some debris inside the well. A new well will be installed to sample that particular area. Pond sediment was sampled from all five ponds.
- April 28, 2003, geoprobe sampling was conducted to address the USTs as well as the surface and subsurface soil investigation.
- November 2003 - February 2004, TCEQ submitted comments and responded to comments concerning the PRP's technical memorandum of the results of the investigation which is undergoing TCEQ review.
- April 14, 2004, TCEQ approved the revised work plan for the next phase of field activities.
- May 2004, the PRP's contractor cleared the site and completed geoprobe borings. Also, soil and sediment was sampled for PCB contamination.
- July - August 2004, the PRP's contractor installed two additional monitoring wells and collected additional sediment samples from the ponds. Due to recent rains, the roadway leading to the site was flooded, causing a slowing of field sampling investigation activities.
- December 20, 2004, the PRPs submitted the first phase draft of the affected property assessment report, and the draft of the second phase affected property assessment work plan.
- September 28, 2005, TCEQ approved the drafts with changes.
- October 21, 2005, the PRPs began field activities to implement the phase 2 work plan.
- November 2005, the initial mobilization of the second phase work was completed. Completion of the balance of the work is pending an off-site access agreement with a third party.
- June 2006, PRPs obtained off-site access for monitor well installation.
- July 2006, PRPs installed groundwater monitoring wells and delineated groundwater contaminant plume.
- August 2006, TCEQ project manager met with the PRPs.
- January 8, 2007, the TCEQ project manager suggested formatting changes to the second phase work plan addendum. The PRPs provided GPS locations of soils samples in an e-mail.
- January 26, 2007, the updated second phase work plan addendum was received for review and comment by TCEQ.
- February 15, 2007, TCEQ approved the second phase work plan addendum.
- June 12, 2007, TCEQ received the phase 2 affected property assessment report.
- August 31, 2007, TCEQ sent comments regarding the phase 2 affected property assessment report to the PRPs.
- September 5, 2007, TCEQ received revised map, laboratory data packages, and data usability summary in partial response to TCEQ's August 31, 2007 letter.
- September 21, 2007, TCEQ approved the revised data usability summary report for the phase 2 affected property assessment.
- October 29, 2007, TCEQ received revised Tier 2 screening level ecological risk assessment in response to TCEQ's August 31, 2007 letter.
- January 9, 2008, TCEQ sent comments regarding the revised Tier 2 screening level ecological risk assessment to the PRPs.
- March 17, 2008, TCEQ received a reasoned justification - ecological risk assessment in response to TCEQ's January 9, 2008 letter.
- May 21, 2008, TCEQ sent comments regarding the reasoned justification- ecological risk assessment to the PRPs.
- June 13, 2008, TCEQ received revisions to the reasoned justification - ecological risk assessment.
- July 3, 2008, TCEQ approved the revised reasoned justification - ecological risk assessment and phase 2 affected property assessment report. Directed PRPs to submit a response action plan in accordance with agreed order provision VIII.A.9.
- October 1, 2008, PRPs submitted a response action plan which outlines their proposal for remediating the site contamination.
- January 2009, an updated community relations plan was prepared for the Force Road Oil and Vacuum Truck Company site.
- March 31, 2009, TCEQ received the revised Remedial Alternatives Study/Response Action Plan, dated March 2009.
- April 23, 2009, TCEQ sent a letter to the PRPs closing the Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study Administrative Order (dated August 21, 2002).
- May 15, 2009, TCEQ received an application to the Voluntary Cleanup Program (VCP) from the Force Road Oil and Vacuum Truck Company Task Force.
- June 12, 2009, a legal notice was published in the Texas Register, (34 TexReg 3571-4056) and in the Alvin Sun (June 15, 2009 edition), inviting public comment on the determination that the PRPs will assume cleanup responsibilities under the TCEQ VCP and the site will be deleted from the Superfund registry. Upon deletion from the Superfund registry, the site will carry the designation VCP 2269. A public meeting is scheduled for July 16, 2009 at the Iowa Colony City Hall.
- July 9, 2009, the TCEQ accepted the site into the VCP.
- December 11, 2009, a legal notice was published in the Texas Register ( 30 TexReg 9021), proposing to delete the site from the state Superfund Registry. The site has been accepted into the TCEQ VCP and is therefore eligible for deletion as provided by by 30 TAC §335.344(c). A public meeting will be held on January 21, 2010 at the Iowa Colony City Hall, located at 12003 County Road 65, Iowa Colony, Brazoria County, Texas.
- December 14, 2009, a legal notice was published in the Alvin Sun, proposing to delete the site from the state Superfund Registry. The site has been accepted into the TCEQ VCP and is therefore eligible for deletion as provided by by 30 TAC §335.344(c). A public meeting will be held on January 21, 2010 at the Iowa Colony City Hall, located at 12003 County Road 65, Iowa Colony, Brazoria County, Texas.
- January 21, 2010, a public meeting was held at the Iowa Colony City Hall, located at 12003 County Road 65, Iowa Colony, Brazoria County, Texas, to receive comments on the proposing of the Force Road Oil and Vacuum Truck Company site's deletion from the Superfund Registry and acceptance into the TCEQ Voluntary Cleanup Program (VCP).
- April 2010, The Notice of Deletion , which indicates the Force Road Oil and Vacuum Truck Company site may be deleted from the state registry, was published in the April 26, 2010 edition of the Alvin Sun & Advertiser newspaper and in the April 30, 2010 issue of the Texas Register.