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Hicks Field Sewer Corp.

No further Superfund environmental response actions are required at this former treatment plant in Saginaw, Tarrant County.

Site Background

The Hicks Field Sewer Corporation site (the Site) is located 1.8 miles west of the intersection of United States (U.S.) Highway 81-287 and Farm to Market Road 156, or approximately one mile east of the intersection of U.S. Business Route 287 and Hicks Field Road near Saginaw, Tarrant County, Texas. The Site also included any areas where hazardous substances had come to be located as a result, either directly or indirectly, of releases of hazardous substances from the Site.

The Site is located approximately 2.5 miles northwest of Saginaw and consists of approximately 3.8 acres. Two sludge drying beds, two surface impoundments, and two concrete separator tanks were used by the Hicks Field Sewer Corporation from the early 1970’s to approximately mid-1994 to provide sewage treatment services for the nearby Hicks Field Industrial Park.

Businesses that operated at the industrial park included a metal finisher, a container manufacturer, a storage tank fabricator, and a small trucking firm. The sewer corporation primarily processed domestic wastes from the industrial park.  However, from the early 1970’s until operations ceased in early 1981, the metal finisher located in the industrial park reportedly discharged process rinse waters containing metals to the sewer treatment facility.  Elevated concentrations of cadmium, chromium, and zinc were found in the sediments remaining in the waste management units of the sewer treatment facility.

From 2002 to 2005, the TCEQ conducted a remedial investigation at the Site.  During 2006 and 2007, the TCEQ conducted a removal action at the Site, including excavation, treatment, and disposal of all soils and sediments containing metals concentrations above remediation goals. The waste management units were dismantled or filled with clean soil and graded to drain. Excavated areas were filled and graded to drain, and grass was planted by hydro-seeding throughout the property.

The Site was remediated to the Texas Risk Reduction Program (TRRP) commercial/industrial land use criteria for cadmium, chromium, and zinc. Confirmation samples were collected after soil removal to confirm that cleanup criteria in soil were met. The Site is not appropriate for residential use according to State risk reduction regulations applicable to the Site.  In August of 2007, the Site was deleted from its proposed-for listing status on the state registry of Superfund sites. 

Superfund Actions Taken to Date

  • February 15, 2002, a hazard ranking system (HRS) document was prepared for the Hicks Field Sewer Corporation. site.
  • July 15, 2002, an updated copy of the community relations plan was prepared for the Hicks Field Sewer Corporation site.
  • July 18, 2002, a legal notice was published in the Northwest Tarrant County Times-Record describing the site, proposing the site to the state Superfund registry, and announcing a public meeting to receive citizen comments, would be held at the Saginaw City Hall on August 22, 2002.
  • July 19, 2002, a legal notice Exit TCEQ Site was published in the Texas Register, (27 TexReg 6575) describing the site, proposing the site for listing on the state Superfund registry, and proposing commercial/industrial land use designation for the site. A public meeting to receive citizen comments was to be held at the Saginaw City Hall council chambers on August 22, 2002.
  • August 22, 2002, a public meeting was held at the Saginaw City Hall council chambers to receive citizen comments on the proposal of the Hicks Field Sewer Corporation site to 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.
  • September 1, 2002, effective date of the name change from Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission (TNRCC) to Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).
  • September 11, 2002, TCEQ staff conducted door-to-door survey of residences and businesses in the vicinity of the site to determine if property owners knew where their wastewater was being discharged.
  • September 27, 2002, TCEQ mailed certified letters to residents and businesses in the vicinity of the site, informing them of TCEQ plans to dismantle the abandoned Hicks Field Sewer Corporation facility and to plug the sewer service lines. Property owners were advised to determine the collection point of their wastewater, and if it was the Hicks Field Sewer Corporation's sewer plant, to arrange for another discharge and collection point.
  • November 20, 2002, a work order was issued to begin the remedial investigation at the site.
  • December 2002, a site perimeter fence was constructed to limit unauthorized access, and signs were posted warning of contamination.
  • February 2003, TCEQ's contractor performed remedial investigation field work at the site which included the installation of four onsite groundwater monitoring wells, five onsite soil borings, three onsite sediment samples, eight onsite shallow soil samples, and five offsite surface water samples.
  • April 8, 2003, TCEQ mailed certified letters to residents and businesses in the area of the Hicks Field Sewer Corporation site, informing them of upcoming TCEQ plans to plug sewer lines leading to the abandoned Hicks Field Sewer Corporation's sewer plant, and advising them to make sure they are no longer discharging to the sewer plant.
  • May 23, 2003, TCEQ received and approved the results of the first phase of the remedial investigation, and met with the consultant to plan out further investigation needed at the site.
  • June 23, 2003, TCEQ issued a work order to the contractor to start an ecological risk assessment for the site.
  • August 8, 2003, the second phase of field work began. This phase included the installation and sampling of four off-site monitoring wells.
  • November 4, 2003, TCEQ oversaw the monitor well sampling by the contractor.
  • March 2004, TCEQ amended a work order for additional soil sampling and sampling of water contained in the impoundments.
  • April 2004, TCEQ's contractor sampled water in the impoundments and sampled the soil for contaminates.
  • June 2004, a work order was issued to survey the site.
  • July 2004, a work order was issued to gather additional ecological samples to determine site-specific background values.
  • August 2004, the survey of the site was received and approved . Results of the additional remedial investigation sampling were also approved.
  • December 8, 2004, a work order was issued to the consultant to determine how to discharge water from the impoundments and to develop a cost proposal.
  • January 2005, the work order to sample the water in the impoundments before discharge was amended to ensure the water met the TCEQ discharge criteria.
  • February 2005, the contractor sampled the water in the impoundments to verify that it met discharge criteria. The pumps clogged while the water in the impoundments was discharged. However discharging was able to continue when the clog was cleared.
  • March 2005, the pumping of the impoundment water was completed. Openings were cut in two impoundment berms to release residual water.
  • April 2005, a work order was issued for sampling of the soils. Soil sampling was performed, but the impoundment bottoms were still too wet to be sampled, and will be sampled later.
  • August 2005, TCEQ accepted the final screening level ecological risk assessment.
  • December 2005, TCEQ sent removal action letters to the potentially responsible parties.
  • December 23, 2005, a legal notice Exit TCEQ Site was published in the Texas Register, (30 TexReg 8729-8730) of the intent to perform a removal action at the Hicks Field Sewer Corporation. The removal action will consist of excavation of contaminated soils.
  • June 2006, TCEQ began the removal action to dispose of soils containing metals in excess of remediation goals.
  • January 2007, removal action continues to dispose of soils containing metals in excess of remediation goals.
  • March 2007, the contaminated soil in the west pond has been removed and stockpiled on site, however heavy rains filled the east pond before soil removal could be completed.
  • August 2007, a removal action of all soils and sediments greater than site action levels was completed. Excavated areas were filled and graded to drain. Grass was planted by hydro-seeding and watering of grass continues as needed.
  • November 2007, the final removal action report was approved by TCEQ.
  • February 2008, a legal notice Exit TCEQ Site was published in the Texas Register (33 TexReg 1636-1637) (on February 22, 2008) and in the Northwest Tarrant County Times-Record (on February 21, 2008) proposing to delete the Site from its proposed-for-listing status on the state Superfund registry in accordance with 30 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Section 335.344 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. A display ad regarding the meeting was also published in the Northwest Tarrant County Times-Record newspaper on March 13, 2008.  A public meeting was scheduled for March 27, 2008, at the Saginaw City Hall Council Chambers.
  • March 27, 2008, a public meeting was held at the Saginaw City Hall Council Chambers. No comments were received regarding the proposed deletion of Site from its proposed-for-listing status on the state Superfund registry.
  • July 8, 2008, the TCEQ filed a notice in the real property records of Tarrant County that the Site is appropriate for commercial/industrial land use, as defined in 30 TAC Chapter 350, the Texas Risk Reduction Program (TRRP).  The notice stated that no further remediation was required as long as the Site was not used for residential purposes.
  • July 17, 2008, an affidavit of lien payable to the TCEQ was filed in the Tarrant County real property records.  The lien was filed pursuant to the Texas Solid Waste Disposal Act, Texas Health & Safety Code Section 361.194, to recover costs expended by the state to address the Site.
  • August 29, 2008, a legal notice Exit TCEQ Site was published in the Texas Register deleting the Site from its proposed-for-listing status on the state Superfund registry in accordance with 30 TAC Section 335.344(c). On August 25, 2008, notification letters were sent to public officials regarding this publication. No comments were received 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.

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Site Specific Information

EPA ID : TX0000605382
Location : Saginaw, Tarrant County
Site Status : CLEANUP COMPLETE -NO FURTHER SUPERFUND ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSE ACTIONS ARE REQUIRED
Type of Facility : Abandoned Sewage Treatment Plant
Category : Deleted from registry
Media Affected : Soil, sediments
Latitude : 32º54'20"N
Longitude : -97º23'22"W
Hazard Ranking Score (HRS) : 35.34
Contaminants at time of HRS : Barium, Cadmium, Chromium, Copper, Lead, Manganese, Nickel, Silver, Zinc and Cyanide
TCEQ Region : Dallas/Fort Worth - 4
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

John E. Keeter Public Library
355 West McLeroy Blvd.
Saginaw TX 76179
817/232-2100

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