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Houston Lead

No further Superfund environmental response actions are required on this former lead-acid battery recycling in Houston, Harris County. This site was referred to the Voluntary Cleanup Program.

REFERRED TO Voluntary Cleanup Program  (VCP ID 0145)

Site Background

The Houston Lead site is located at 300 Holmes Road in Houston. It was operated as a plant for the secondary smelting and refining of nonferrous metals, manufacturing soft pig and ingot lead, and the recycling of lead-acid storage batteries to recover lead. A site evaluation report, submittedby the company's consultants in April 1983, showed that the groundwater in a shallow, silt zone beneath the northern portion of the site had been contaminated with lead.

Superfund Actions Taken to Date

  • October 16, 1987, a legal notice was published in the Texas Register (12 TexReg 3858-3859) proposing the site to the state Superfund registry, and announcing that a public meeting to receive citizen comments would be held at the Pasadena Convention Center on November 4, 1987.
  • January 22, 1988, a legal notice was published in the Texas Register (13 TexReg 427-428) listing the site on the state Superfund registry.
  • 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.
  • May 23, 1996, the Houston Lead site was accepted into the Voluntary Cleanup Program. Site owners agreed to clean up the site under the monitoring of TNRCC.
  • July 17, 1998, a legal notice was published in the Texas Register (23 TexReg 7454-7455) announcing a public meeting would be held on August 18, 1998, at the Meyer Branch Library in Houston to present to the community the best choice among cleanup remedies and to receive citizen comments to be considered in the final recommended remedy.
  • October 23, 1998, a legal notice was published in the Texas Register (23 TexReg 10986-10987) proposing to delete the site from the state Superfund registry pursuant to 30 TAC §335.344(d) that the site had been accepted into the Voluntary Cleanup Program, and inviting public comment on the determination.
  • December 18, 1998, a legal notice was published in the Texas Register (23 TexReg 12963) officially deleting Houston Lead from the state Superfund registry. No challenges or comments were received to the determination that the site was eligible for deletion pursuant to 30 TAC §335.344(d). Cleanup of the site will continue to be monitored by the TNRCC.
  • December 23, 1998, the Houston Lead site was released to the Voluntary Cleanup Program after agreement to reimburse the Superfund program for all costs incurred to date.
  • February 15, 1999, a community relations plan was prepared for the Houston Lead site.
  • 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 : TXD008070419
Location : Houston, Harris County
Type of Facility : Lead-Acid Battery Recycling
Category : Deleted from Registry
Media Affected : Groundwater, Soil
Latitude : 29º39'30"N
Longitude : -95º27'27"W
Hazard Ranking Score (HRS) : 25.7
Contaminants at time of HRS : Lead
TCEQ Region : Houston - 12
Funded by : Potentially Responsible Parties

Contact Information

Voluntary Cleanup Program Contact
Joe Bell
512-239-6753 or 1-800-633-9363

Superfund Program Contact
Jeffrey E. Patterson
Phone: 512-239-2489 or 1-800-633-9363

Records Repositories

TCEQ Central File Room
12100 Park 35 Circle Building E,
First Floor Room 103
Austin, TX 78753
512-239-1850 (fax)