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Poly-Cycle Industries, Inc.

This former battery recycling operation in Ellis County was remediated under the TCEQ Voluntary Cleanup Program. No further Superfund environmental response actions are required.

Site Summary

The site is located on approximately 10 acres in Palmer, Ellis County, west of the railroad tracks at the north end of Main Street. A former battery recycling operation, Poly-Cycle Industries used the site from the late 1970’s until 1983.

Remedial Investigations

After battery processing activities ceased at the site, approximately 80 million pounds of lead battery chips, a waste lead sulfate sludge pile, and two surface impoundments were identified as source material at the site. Sampling investigations at the site identified heavy lead contamination in site soils.

Superfund Registry and Voluntary Cleanup

The TCEQ proposed the site to the state Superfund registry in March 1998. Potentially Responsible Parties offered to conduct the cleanup and were accepted into the TCEQ Voluntary Cleanup Program (VCP)  in 1999. The site was deleted from the registry in 2000.

Current Status

A VCP Conditional Certificate of Completion was issued on August 13, 2002. No further Superfund environmental response actions are required.

Site Specific Information

Type of Facility: Lead-acid battery chips (plastic and rubber) storage and disposal
Location:  Palmer, Ellis County
Latitude: 32.437113°
Longitude: -96.670148°
Site Status: TCEQ VCP
Registry Status: Deleted from registry
Media Affected: Groundwater, soil
TCEQ Region: Dallas/Fort Worth - 4
Funded by: Potentially responsible parties

Contact Information
Voluntary Cleanup Program Contact
Lilith Mercier
512-239-2243 or 1-800-633-9363

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

Records Repository
TCEQ Central File Room

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