Kingsbury Metal Finishing
The Kingsbury Metal Finishing site is located about a half mile south of the intersection of Farm to Market Road 1104 with U.S. Highway 90, at 1720 FM 1104. The location is approximately three-quarters of a mile southeast of Kingsbury in Guadalupe County. The 14.94-acre property is surrounded by a barbed wire and chain link fence. Kingsbury Metal Finishing, Inc. operated an electroplating facility at the site from May 1986 until it ceased operations on March 12, 1997. The facility consisted of five primary areas: a main processing building, a wastewater treatment area, a discharge area that was covered with fill, an outdoor storage area, and a residential area. The main process building had approximately 30 plating process tanks. The wastewater area had another seven tanks and 19 drums. TNRCC regional investigators documented that the tanks had overflowed into the containment, which in turn overflowed onto adjoining soils north, south and west of the main building.
Superfund Actions Taken to Date
- July-September 2000, TNRCC conducted an immediate removal and disposal of free liquids, sludge, soils, demolished plating tanks and vats and unused hazardous products. The TNRCC also collected samples of the soils from the residential area at the site and samples of the concrete from the floors of the former production area.
- October 15, 2000, a hazard ranking system (HRS) documentation record was prepared for the Kingsbury Metal Finishing, Inc. site.
- January 19, 2001, a legal notice was published in the Texas Register (26 TexReg 844) and the Seguin Gazette describing the site, proposing the site for listing on the state Superfund registry, also proposing commercial/industrial land use for a portion of the site. The land use designation may be considered in any remedial action proposed for the site. A public meeting to receive citizen comments, was to be held at the Seguin City Hall Council Chambers on February 22, 2001.
- February 22, 2001, a public meeting was held at Seguin City Hall Council Chambers to receive community comments on the proposal of the Kingsbury Metal Finishing site to the Superfund registry and the proposal of commercial/industrial land use specifications for a portion of the site.
- May 2, 2001, TNRCC issued a work order to initiate the remedial investigation at the site.
- July 15, 2001, a community relations plan was prepared for the Kingsbury Metal Finishing site.
- July 16, 2001, an affidavit of lien payable to the commission was filed in the Guadalupe 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.
- August 13, 2001, sampling for the remedial investigation, commenced at the site.
- February 19, 2002, TNRCC's contractor gathered additional samples to determine the background concentration of metals. The field work for the Phase 2 of the remedial investigation was completed.
- August 30, 2002, TNRCC approved the final technical memorandum report for the Phase 2 remedial investigation activities.
- September 1, 2002, effective date of the name change from Texas Natural Resource
Conservation Commission (TNRCC) to Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).
- December 4, 2002, Additional soil sampling was performed. The sampling was interrupted due to bad weather. The soil sampling was completed December 17, 2002.
- February 28, 2003, a legal notice was published in the Texas Register (28 TexReg 1970) announcing the intent to perform a removal action at the site.
- March 2003, during the month, further soil sampling at the site was performed and the data from the additional sampling was received. Based on this data, TCEQ determined that no further remedial action is necessary at this site.
- July 10, 2003, TCEQ issued a work order amendment to the contractor to complete the final remedial investigation report.
- August 18, 2003, TCEQ approved the final report of the results of the remedial investigation, which included the conclusion that no further action is required at the site, and the property is safe for residential use.
- November 7, 2003, a legal notice was published in the Texas Register (28 TexReg 9944) and the Seguin Gazette proposing to delete the site from the Texas Superfund registry in accordance with 30 TAC §335.344(c), and inviting public comment on the determination that due to removal actions that have been performed, the site no longer presents an imminent and substantial endangerment to public health and safety or the environment. No further remedial action is necessary. A public meeting to receive citizen comments is to be held at the Seguin City Hall council chambers on December 11, 2003.
- December 11, 2003, a public meeting was held at the Seguin City Hall Council Chambers to receive community comments on the proposal to delete the Kingsbury Metal Finishing site from the Superfund registry. No further remedial action is necessary.
- January 23, 2004, a legal notice was published in the Texas Register (29 TexReg 675) officially deleting Kingsbury Metal Finishing from the state Superfund registry in accordance with 30 TAC 335.344(c). No challenges or comments were received on the determination that the site no longer posed an imminent and substantial endangerment to public health and safety or the environment. In accordance with Texas Health and Safety Code §361.188(d), a notice will be filed in the real property records of Guadalupe County, stating that the site has been deleted from the state Superfund registry.