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Solvent Recovery Services

No further State Superfund action is needed on this former solvent recovery facility in Arcola, Fort Bend County.

Site Background

The Solvent Recovery Services site is located at 5502 Highway 521, approximately 0.2 mile south of the intersection with Highway 6, in Arcola. About one-half acre of the 5-acre site was used from 1976 to 1984 for recovery of solvents from paint wastes.

Superfund Actions Taken to Date

  • October 16, 1987, a legal notice was published in the Texas Register (12 TexReg 3858-3859) proposing the site to the state Superfund registry and announcing that a public meeting to receive citizen comments on the proposal would be held at the Pasadena Convention Center on November 19, 1987.
  • January 22, 1988, a legal notice was published in the Texas Register (13 TexReg 427-428) listing the site on the state Superfund registry.
  • December 1991, the potentially responsible parties (companies who sent waste to the facility) removed contaminated soil, concrete, drummed paint wastes and waste sludge from two on-site tanks for off-site disposal.
  • 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.
  • December 15, 1994, a public meeting was held in Arcola to receive citizen comments and to report on the current status of the Solvent Recovery Services Superfund site. The meeting was in response to a request from Ruth Broussard of Rosharon, who identified herself as the contact person for the people of Arcola/Fresno area.
  • May 8, 1995, an agreed order was signed by the potentially responsible parties to pay for a remedial investigation/feasibility study, and establishing rules, responsibilities and enforcement options for responsible party cleanup under monitoring supervision of TNRCC.
  • May 8, 1995, remedial investigation/feasibility study underway. A site perimeter fence was constructed to limit unauthorized access and signs were posted warning of contamination.
  • August 14, 1996, the mayor of Arcola received a personal briefing on the site's history, the remedial investigation and possible use of the site once it has been cleaned up.
  • March 19, 1999, TNRCC approved an interim removal action plan and the potentially responsible parties issued a removal action work order.
  • April 12, 1999, the potentially responsible parties conducted a follow-up removal action, excavating the remaining 150 cubic yards of contaminated soil for off-site disposal, and replacing it with clean soil.
  • January 18, 2000, potentially responsible parties (PRPs) submitted the draft remedial investigation (RI) Phase II report.
  • February 14, 2000, after review, TNRCC requested adjustments to the draft remedial investigation Phase II report.
  • March 16, 2000, the potentially responsible parties provided a revised Phase II report.
  • April 26, 2000, TNRCC approved the revised remedial investigation Phase II report, completing the remedial investigation phase for the site.
  • May 30, 2000, TNRCC accepted the potentially responsible parties' notice of intent to clean up the site in accordance with Texas Risk Reduction Standard No. 2.
  • July 17, 2000, the potentially responsible parties submitted the draft of the feasibility study report to TNRCC for review and comment. The report was returned to the
    potentially responsible parties with suggested changes. A revised report was received October 18, 2000.
  • October 31, 2000, after review of the revised feasibility study report, TNRCC agreed with the potentially responsible parties' proposal to conduct additional sampling.
  • November 14, 2000, the potentially responsible parties conducted additional groundwater sampling.
  • April 10, 2001, an affidavit of lien payable to the commission was filed in the Fort Bend 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.
  • June 12, 2001, the potentially responsible parties provided the final feasibility study document.
  • July 9, 2001, TNRCC approved the final feasibility study. Based on investigative technical reports, it was concluded that the site did not pose an unacceptable risk to human health or the environment. No further remedial action was warranted at the site. Conditions at the site met residential cleanup criteria established by Title 30, Texas Administrative Code, §350 (Texas Risk Reduction Program).
  • November 2, 2001, a legal notice Exit TCEQ Site was published in the Texas Register (26 TexReg 8906-8907) proposing to delete the site from the state Superfund registry in accordance with 30 TAC §335.344(c) and inviting public comment on the proposed deletion. It was determined that the site no longer presented an imminent and substantial endangerment to public health and safety or the environment. No further remedial action is planned.
  • December 6, 2001, a public meeting was held at the City of Arcola City Hall to receive comments on the proposal to delete the Solvent Recovery Services site from the Superfund registry in accordance with 30 TAC §335.344(c), and the determination that the site no longer presented an imminent and substantial endangerment to public health and safety or the environment.
  • January 25, 2002, a legal notice Exit TCEQ Site was published in the Texas Register (27 TexReg 648) officially deleting Solvent Recovery Services 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. No further remedial action planned.
  • 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 : TXD980624266
Location : Arcola, Fort Bend County
Site Status : CLEANUP COMPLETE - NO FURTHER SUPERFUND ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSE ACTIONS ARE REQUIRED
Type of Facility : Paint Solvent Recycling
Category : Deleted from Registry
Media Affected : Soil
Latitude : 29º30'14"N
Longitude : -95º27'39"W
Hazard Ranking Score (HRS) : 16.12
Contaminants at time of HRS : Metals, Semi-Volatile Organics, Volatile Organics
TCEQ Region : Houston - 10
Funded by : Potentially Responsible Parties

Contact Information

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

Records Repositories

Missouri City Branch Library
1530 Texas Parkway
Missouri City TX 77489
281-499-1511

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