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Jensen Drive Scrap

This former scrap salvage facility in Houston, Harris County is currently in the Operation and Maintenance phase of the Superfund Program.

Site Background

The Jensen Drive Scrap site (the site) is located at 3603 Jensen Drive, Houston. This site occupies a 3.8-acre area and is an inactive scrap salvage facility. For a period of time during the mid-1970s to the early1980s, the operation reclaimed copper and iron from electrical transformers. PCB-laden transformer oil from this operation was either burned or disposed of (poured directly onto the ground) on site with neither treatment nor containment.

Superfund Actions Taken to Date

  • September 25, 1990, a legal notice was published in the Texas Register, (15 TexReg 5623-5624) describing the site, proposing the site to the state Superfund registry, and announcing that a public meeting to receive citizen comments would be held at the City of Houston 5th Ward Multi-Service Center on October30, 1990.
  • 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.
  • December 5, 1994, remedial investigation/feasibility study underway.
  • April 18, 1997, the final RI/FS report was approved, marking completion of the remedial investigation/feasibility study phase.
  • June 27, 1997, a legal notice was published in the Texas Register, (22 TexReg 6130-6131), announcing a public meeting would be held August 12, 1997, at the Eva Alice McCrane Library, Kashmere Gardens Branch, to present to the community the best choice among cleanup remedies and to receive citizen comments to be considered in the final recommended remedy.
  • June 29, 1997, a legal notice was published in the Houston Chronicle, announcing a public meeting would be held August 12, 1997, at the Eva Alice McCrane Library, Kashmere Gardens Branch, to present to the community the best choice
    among cleanup remedies and to receive citizen comments to be considered in the final recommended remedy.
  • August 12, 1997, a public meeting was held at Kashmere GardensBranch Library in Houston to receive comments on the proposed cleanup alternative, which was excavation, on-site consolidation of the contaminants in an engineered containment cell, and covered by a cap.
  • February 3, 1998, TNRCC issued a final administrative order, directing the potentially responsible party to perform or fund the remedial design and remedial action portion of the remediation process.
  • February 13, 1998, 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.
  • February 15, 1999, a community relations plan was prepared for the Jensen Drive Scrap site.
  • March 4, 1999, TNRCC issued a work order for design of the selected remedy.
  • June 3, 1999, TNRCC submitted a conceptual design for on-site containment of the contaminated waste to EPA for review.
  • July 1, 1999, EPA advised TNRCC that the conceptual design was approved.
  • March 1, 2000, EPA agreed with the TNRCC project manager that the proposed containment cell would mitigate the less than 50 feet to groundwater, and that the containment cell, as designed, would not require a leachate collection system.
  • April 26, 2000, a legal notice was published in the Houston Chronicle, announcing a significant change in the design of the containment cell and the cap, resulting in better protection of the groundwater at an additional cost of implementation.
  • April 28, 2000, a legal notice was published in the Texas Register, (25 TexReg 3853), announcing a significant change in the design of the containment cell and the cap, resulting in better protection of the groundwater at an additional cost of implementation.
  • July 14, 2000, bids on the cleanup were opened and tabulated, and a contract was awarded to begin construction of the remedy, which was consolidation of the contaminants on-site and containment in a sealed cell that was to be capped.
  • October 24, 2000, TNRCC issued a supplement to the administrative order to cover remedial design changes.
  • December 1, 2000, remedial action construction began at the site.
  • November 12, 2001, the TNRCC contractor completed all construction of the on-site containment cell and soil cover cap. Sloping side walls of the cell were covered with riprap, the top was sodded and the areas surrounding the cell were seeded to prevent erosion. The cell will continue to be monitored to ensure its integrity.
  • January 3, 2002, an affidavit of lien payable to the commission was filed in the Harris 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
  • May 22, 2002, TNRCC approved the final closeout report for completion of the remedial action. An operation and maintenance plan was initiated to begin the groundwater monitoring and maintenance of the on-site containment cell. The groundwater was to be monitored at six-month intervals for the first year, and then annually. The containment cell was being inspected monthly.
  • September 1, 2002, effective date of the name change from Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission (TNRCC) to Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).
  • October 30, 2002, TCEQ's operations and maintenance contractor performed the first semi-annual monitor well sampling.
  • November 20, 2002, TCEQ's operations and maintenance contractor inspected the cap and mowed the grass.
  • January 16, 2003, TCEQ accepted the contractor's semiannual groundwater monitoring report for the first year of operations and maintenance. The contractor also conducted a bi-monthly site inspection of the containment cell.
  • March 26, 2003, the bi-monthly site inspection was performed.
  • April 2003, the grass on top of the containment cell was mowed.
  • May 2003, the bi-monthly site inspection was performed.
  • July 2003, the bi-monthly site inspection was performed and the grass was mowed.
  • August 2003, TCEQ conducted the second semi-annual monitor well sampling of the first year's operation and maintenance.
  • November 2003, the bi-monthly site inspection was conducted.
  • January 11, 2004, the contractor took water level measurements and sampled all the monitoring wells.
  • February 17, 2004, the bi-monthly site inspection was conducted.
  • March 17, 2004, the bi-monthly site inspection was completed and the grass on the cap of the containment cell was mowed.
  • August 2004, the groundwater monitoring report for the July 2004 sampling was received and accepted by TCEQ.
  • November 2004, TCEQ received and approved the revised data usability study for the July 2004 sampling event.
  • January 2005, grass on the site was mowed, and groundwater samples were collected for the semi-annual operations and maintenance sampling event.
  • February 2005, TCEQ approved the data usability summary report for the January 2005 groundwater sampling event.
  • January 2006, a work order was issued for groundwater sampling at the site.
  • March 2006, the operations and maintenance report was reviewed and approved.
  • August 2007, the draft groundwater monitoring report was submitted
  • November 2007, the groundwater was sampled.
  • January 2008, the site was mowed and an additional monitoring well (MW-7) was installed and sampled.
  • August 2008, the annual groundwater report was reviewed and approved by TCEQ.
  • September 2008, the site was inspected after Hurricane Ike. No immediate damage was identified.
  • August 8, 2009, a TCEQ contractor mowed the grass at the site.
  • October 16, 2009, the District Court of Travis County, 353rd Judicial District, approved an agreed final judgment between the TCEQ and some of the responsible parties.  By the terms of this agreed final judgement, certain responsible parties will assume the remaining duties for the operation and maintenance phase.
  • February 10, 2011, the TCEQ approved the 2010 Annual Post-Closure Care Report.
  • February 17, 2012, the TCEQ approved the 2011 Annual Post-Closure Care Report.
  • January 23, 2013, the TCEQ approved the 2012 Annual Post-Closure Care Report

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Site Specific Information

EPA ID : TXD981602402
Location : Houston, Harris County
Site Status : Cleanup Complete O& M
Type of Facility : Scrap Salvage
Category : Listed on Registry
Media Affected : Shallow Groundwater, Soil
Latitude : 29º47'49"N
Longitude : -95º20'27"W
Hazard Ranking Score (HRS) : 12.4
Contaminants at time of HRS : Lead, PCB, Arsenic
TCEQ Region : Houston - 12
Funded by : Hazardous & Solid Waste Remediation Fee Account

>Contact Information

Superfund Project Manager
April Palmie
512-239-4152 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

Eva Alice McCrane
Kashmere Gardens Branch Library

5411 Pardee Street
Houston TX 77026
713-674-8461

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