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Mineral Wool Insulation Mfg. Co.

This former mineral wool manufacturing facility in Rogers, Bell County is being addressed under the State Superfund Program.

Site Background

The Mineral Wool Insulation Manufacturing Company site is an inactive mineral wool manufacturing facility that began operations in 1981. The site has also been known as the Highway 190 Facility. The approximately 19-acre site consists of several waste piles, and two cooling ponds. The site is located on Shaw Road at the northwest corner of the city limits of Rogers. Residential areas are located along the east and south perimeter of the site. Railroad tracks form the southern boundary. There are agricultural fields to the north and west of the site. The production process used slag from copper and antimony smelting and by-products from limestone mining, as well as basalts and coke. The material was melted in a coke-fired furnace and then extruded by blowing air over spinning drums to form fibers. The residue left in the furnace the heating the slags was the main waste generated.

Superfund Actions Taken to Date

  • August 2005, a hazard ranking system (HRS) document was prepared for the Mineral Wool Insulation Manufacturing Company site.
  • March 16, 2006, a legal notice was published in the Cameron Herald describing the site and proposing the site for listing on the state Superfund registry. TCEQ is proposing to use commercial/industrial criteria in setting cleanup levels based on the existing land use of the property, as is prescribed in 30 TAC Chapter 350, Texas Risk Reduction Program, under §350.53. A public meeting to receive citizen comments will be held April 27, 2006 at the Rogers Civic Center.
  • March 17, 2006, a legal notice Exit TCEQ Site was published in the Texas Register (31 TexReg 2301-2302) and the Temple Daily Telegram describing the site and proposing the site for listing on the state Superfund registry. TCEQ is proposing to use commercial/industrial criteria in setting cleanup levels based on the existing land use of the property, as is prescribed in 30 TAC Chapter 350, Texas Risk Reduction Program, under §350.53.
    A public meeting to receive citizen comments will be held April 27, 2006 at the Rogers Civic Center.
  • April 27, 2006, a public meeting to receive citizen comments was held at the Rogers Civic Center.
  • December 6, 2006, a copy of the hazard ranking system document was placed in the repositories.
  • March 2007, a site perimeter fence was constructed to limit unauthorized access and signs were posted warning of contamination.
  • August 2007, demolition and removal of the structure and associated debris.
  • December 10, 2007, the TCEQ project manager inspected the site.
  • June 8, 2009, the TCEQ project manager inspected the site and repaired the north gate.

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Site Specific Information

EPA ID : TX0000605376
Location : Rogers, Bell County
Site Status : HRS Completed
Type of Facility : Mineral Wool Manufacturing
Category : Proposed to Registry
Media Affected : Soil
Latitude : 30º56'42"N
Longitude : -97º14'24"W
Hazard Ranking Score (HRS) : 6.76
Contaminants at time of HRS : Arsenic, Beryllium, Lead
TCEQ Region : Waco - 9
Funded by : Hazardous & Solid Waste Remediation Fee Account

Contact Information

Superfund Project Manager
Jeffrey Patterson
512-239-2489 or 1-800-633-9363
E-mail: superfnd@tceq.texas.gov

Superfund Community Relations Liaison
Crystal Taylor
512-239-3844 or 1-800-633-9363
E-mail: superfnd@tceq.texas.gov

Records Repositories

Temple Public Library
100 West Adams Avenue
Temple TX 76501
254-298-5702

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