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Marshall Wood Preserving

This former wood treatment facility in Marshall, Harrison County is being addressed under the State Superfund Program.

Site Background

The Marshall Wood Preserving site (the site) is located on a 15-acre lot at 2700 West Houston Street in Marshall. The site is bordered by the Monarch Tile Company facility to the north, a residential area to the east, the Union Pacific Railroad and Ward Street to the west, and a residential area and public fairground to the south. Marshall Wood Preserving was operated from 1949 to 1980, pressure treating fence and highway guardrail posts and pilings with creosote and pentachlorophenol. The site includes an area of visible soil contamination and several filled-in surface impoundments that contain creosote and pentachlorophenol-contaminated sludge.

Superfund Actions Taken to Date

  • October 11, 1989, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) requested assistance to determine the nature and extent of contamination in the proposed Texas 154 right-of-way across the southern portion of the site.
  • 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 County Court at Law Courtroom in Marshall on October 25, 1990.
  • June 28, 1991, remedial investigation/feasibility study underway.
  • November 5, 1992, a site perimeter fence was constructed to limit unauthorized access and signs were posted warning of contamination.
  • 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.
  • November 7, 1994, based on the findings of a focused remedial investigation and feasibility study, the TNRCC conducted an interim remedial action, and authorized TxDOT to proceed with the proposed highway construction on the southern portion of the site.
  • May 21, 1996, an affidavit of lien payable to the commission was filed in the Harrison 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 15, 1997, results of the Phase I remedial investigation indicated that additional soil and groundwater investigation was needed.
  • June 22, 1999, Phase II remedial investigation, which focused on soil and groundwater, was begun.
  • February 28, 2000, TNRCC completed the Phase II remedial investigation delineation of soil and groundwater contamination.
  • January 30, 2001, TNRCC completed negotiations with the contractor for completion of groundwater investigation and initiation of the feasibility study.
  • July 2, 2001, TNRCC approved the final pre-feasibility memo allowing use of presumptive remedy for soil/groundwater.
  • January 30, 2002, a community relations plan was prepared for the Marshall Wood
    Preserving site.
  • February 27, 2002, TNRCC issued a work order to the contractor to develop a scope of work for further field investigations, and to expedite completion of the groundwater investigation.
  • May 29, 2002, TNRCC's contractor installed additional monitor wells and completed the groundwater sampling. Observations in the field indicate that more wells will be necessary to delineate the groundwater plume.
  • July 16, 2002, TNRCC amended the contractor's work order to include more monitor well installations to delineate the groundwater plume. The field work was started on July 29 and was completed August 9.
  • August 22, 2002, based on the last groundwater sampling results, TNRCC issued another work order amendment for more monitor well installations to delineate the groundwater contaminant plume. The field work was completed the week of August 26.
  • September 1, 2002, effective date of the name change from Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission (TNRCC) to Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).
  • February 1, 2003, TCEQ issued a work order to prepare an interim report for investigation activities performed to date.
  • February 1, 2003, Texas Department of Transportation agreed to build an access road to the site after it was determined that highway construction work was hindering access to the property.
  • March 11, 2003, TCEQ's contractor submitted an interim report for investigation activities performed in May and July of 2002, for TCEQ review.
  • April 29, 2003, TCEQ issued a work order to the contractor to review the ecological risk assessment and provide recommendations on what updates are needed to fulfill ecological risk evaluation requirements under the Texas Risk Reduction Program.
  • March 2004, TCEQ issued a work order to the contractor to develop a work plan for disposal of the drums of investigation derived waste. The drums are currently stored on the site. The drums contain soil cuttings and purge water generated from the remedial investigation.
  • April 2004 the contractor completed the inventory of the on-site drums of investigative-derived waste to prepare a disposal work plan.
  • June 2004, TCEQ reviewed and approved the the contractor's investigative-derived waste disposal work plan.
  • July 2004, TCEQ issued a work order to the contractor to evaluate site conditions and provide recommendations to install a temporary access road from the new highway to the site gate.
  • August 2004, the contractor completed installation of a temporary access road from the highway to the site gate.
  • March 2006, the contractor submitted a summary data report for the site with identification of data gaps which require addressing to finalize the remedial investigation and proceed to the feasibility study phase.
  • June 2007, the quarterly groundwater monitoring was performed.
  • August 2008, groundwater monitoring was performed.
  • October 14, 2008, TCEQ issued a work order authorizing the contractor to continue remedial investigation activities at the site, including additional investigations to determine the extent of the offsite contaminated groundwater plume, to further refine the extent and depth of the onsite contaminated soil and to delineate the size and depth of the onsite surface impoundments.  TCEQ also authorized the contractor to conduct an offsite water well survey.
  • December 2008, work was started to further investigate the extent of the groundwater plume. The scope of this work includes off site water well survey, water well and soil sampling. The scope of work also includes delineation of surface impoundments.
  • December 8, 2008, TCEQ approved the Pre-Feasibility Study (Pre-FS) Report for the site.  The Pre-FS identified specific information that needed to be collected to support the determination of cleanup alternatives for the site.
  • December 2008 -January 2009, field work associated with the remedial investigation was performed.
  • March 16, 2009, TCEQ amended the work order to authorize the Contractor to collect the information identified as being needed in the Pre-Feasibility Study Report.
  • April - May, 2009 Additional field work associated with the remedial investigation was performed.
  • July 2009, groundwater monitoring was performed.
  • September 23, 2009, the chemicals of concern screening report was approved.
  • November 17, 2009, the TCEQ approved the 2009 Remedial Investigation Activities Technical Memorandum (RITM).
  • December 2009, Groundwater monitoring was performed.
  • August 10, 2010, Alternatives Development and Screening Technical Memorandum, the first submittal of the Feasibility Study approved.
  • May 3, 2011 the Treatability Study Work Plans for groundwater and soil/sediment were approved.
  • July 2011, groundwater classification field activities were conducted at the site.
  • July 21, 2011, the Final Ecological Risk Assessment was approved.
  • September 12, 2011, the Groundwater Classification and Aquifer Test Report was approved.
  • October 11, 2011, the Bench Scale Treatability Study for Sediment/Soil Report was approved.
  • October 12, 2011, the Pilot Scale Treatability Study Report for Groundwater was approved.
  • April 1, 2012, the Treatability Study Work Plan Addendum was approved.
  • April 9, 2012, the results of the Treatability Study Addendum were approved.
  • July 2012, Groundwater monitoring was performed
  • November 27, 2012, TCEQ approved the Ecological Risk Assessment, including the Ecological Protective Concentrations Limits.

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Site Specific Information

EPA ID : TXD982813222
Location : Marshall, Harrison County
Site Status : Evaluation Under Way
Type of Facility : Wood Treatment
Category : Proposed to Registry
Media Affected : Groundwater, Soil, Surface Water
Latitude : 32º32'20"N
Longitude : -94º23'30"W
Hazard Ranking Score (HRS) : 19.69
Contaminants at time of HRS : Creosote, Dioxins/Furans, Lead, Pentachlorophenol
TCEQ Region : Tyler - 5
Funded by : Hazardous & Solid Waste Remediation Fee Account

Contact Information

Superfund Project Manager
Scott Settemeyer
512-239-3429 or 1-800-633-9363

Superfund Community Relations Liaison
Crystal Taylor
512-239-3844 or 1-800-633-9363

Records Repositories

Marshall Public Library
300 S. Alamo Blvd.
Marshall TX 75670

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