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Poly-Cycle Industries, Inc.

No further Superfund environmental response actions are required on this former lead-acid battery chips (plastic and rubber) storage & disposal facility in Palmer, Ellis County. This site was referred to the Voluntary Cleanup Program.

Referred to Voluntary Cleanup Program (948)

Site Background

The Poly-Cycle site is located west of State Highway 75, 0.5 miles north of Palmer, Texas, and approximately 20 miles south of Dallas, in Ellis County. During its operations, Poly-Cycle Industries, Inc. was a battery casing reclamation facility, processing scrap from lead-acid battery recyclers who had removed the lead and needed to dispose of the shells. Using a machine designed by the owner of Poly-Cycle, the facility began receiving hard rubber (ebonite) and plastic wet cell crushed battery cases in 1977 from lead smelters and independent battery recyclers. The process consisted of shredding the battery shells, then washing and separating the pieces for eventual marketing. Two large storage piles of battery chips and lead sulfate sludge covered approximately two acres to a depth of 15 feet. On December 6, 1983, the Texas Department of Health ordered Poly-Cycle to remove the threat of releases. Poly-Cycle stopped the battery washing and estimated that the 30,000 tons of battery chips and sludge would be removed by January 1, 1990, however, the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on July 16, 1987.

Superfund Actions Taken to Date

  • March 6, 1998, a legal notice was published in the Texas Register (23 TexReg 2621–2622) describing the site and proposing the site for listing on the state Superfund registry. (The PDF file does not include illustrations or copies of documents cited.) A public meeting to receive citizen comments was to be held June 2, 1998, at Palmer City Hall.
  • June 2, 1998, a public meeting was held at the Palmer City Hall to receive community comments on the proposal of Poly-Cycle for listing on the state Superfund registry.
  • 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.
  • January 27, 1999, the TNRCC commisioners approved the executive director's
    request to authorize a settlement agreement regarding past recoverable costs under Superfund between the TNRCC and three potentially responsible parties in accordance with 30 TAC §335.344(c)(5).
  • October 8, 1999, a legal notice was published in the Texas Register (24 TexReg 8793) proposing to delete the site from the state Superfund registry in accordance with 30 TAC §335.344(c)(5); that the site had been accepted into the Voluntary Cleanup Program in accordance with 30 TAC §335.344(d).
  • June 30, 2000, a legal notice was published in the Texas Register (25 TexReg 6433–6434) superseding the October 8, 1999, notice that incorrectly stated the date for public comment; proposing to delete the site from the state Superfund registry in accordance with 30 TAC §335.344(c)(5)and that the site had been accepted into the Voluntary Cleanup Program in accordance with 30 TAC §335.344(d). A public meeting to receive comments on the decision to delete this site from the Superfund registry was to be held August 3, 2000, at the TNRCC complex, 12100 Park 35 Circle, in Austin.
  • August 3, 2000, a public meeting was held at the TNRCC complex, 12100 Park 35 Circle, Austin, to receive comments on the determination that the site no longer presented an imminent and substantial endangerment to public health and safety or the environment. No challenges or comments were received on the decision to delete Poly-Cycle from the state Superfund registry.
  • September 8, 2000, a legal notice was published in the Texas Register
    (25 TexReg 9092) officially deleting the Poly-Cycle Industries site from the state Superfund registry in accordance with 30 TAC §335.334(c). The site has been accepted into the TNRCC Voluntary Cleanup Program.
  • September 1, 2002, effective date of the name change from Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission (TNRCC) to Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).

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Site Specific Information

EPA ID : TXD980867949
Location : Palmer, Ellis County
Site Status : NO FURTHER SUPERFUND ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSE ACTIONS ARE REQUIRED
Type of Facility : Lead-Acid Battery Chips (Plastic and Rubber) Storage & Disposal
Category : Deleted from Registry
Media Affected : Groundwater, Soil
Latitude : 32º26'18"N
Longitude : -96º40'16"W
Hazard Ranking Score (HRS) : 7.88
Contaminants at time of HRS : Metals
TCEQ Region : Dallas/Forth Worth - 4
Funded by : Potentially Responsible Parties

Contact Information

Voluntary Cleanup Program Contact
Mark Riggle
512-239-3044 or 1-800-633-9363
E-mail: vcp@tceq.texas.gov

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

Records Repositories

City of Palmer City Hall
113 W. Jefferson
Palmer TX 75152
972-845-3288

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