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Solvent Recovery Services

This former solvent recovery facility in Arcola, Fort Bend County, was cleaned up under the state Superfund Program. No further Superfund action is needed.

Site Summary

The Solvent Recovery Services site is located at 5502 FM 521, on the west side of FM 521, approximately 0.2 miles south of the intersection with Highway 6, in Arcola. Approximately half an acre of the five-acre site was used from 1976 to 1984 for recovering solvents from paint wastes. Releases during this process left the ground contaminated with metals and organic chemicals.

Superfund Registry and Beginning Cleanup

The TCEQ proposed the site to the state Superfund registry in October 1987 and listed it in January 1988. In 1991, the potentially responsible parties (PRPs) removed contaminated soil and a concrete slab, and placed paint wastes and waste sludge from two on-site tanks into drums for proper disposal.

Remedial Investigation and Action

From 1992 to 1998, the PRPs conducted a remedial investigation with oversight from the TCEQ. The PRPs removed and replaced an additional 150 cubic yards of soil and sediment.
In 2001, the TCEQ concluded that the site needed no further remedial actions. The site was deleted from the state Superfund Registry in January 2002.

Current Status

The cleanup is complete. The site needs no additional state Superfund environmental response actions.

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Site Specific Information

Location: Arcola, Fort Bend County
Site Status: Cleanup complete - no further state Superfund environmental response actions are required
Type of Facility: Paint solvent recycling
Category: Deleted from registry
Media Affected: Soil and sediment
Latitude: 29.504605°
Longitude: -95.463852°
TCEQ Region: Houston - 10
Funded by: Potentially responsible parties and Hazardous & Solid Waste Remediation Fee Account

Contact Information
Superfund Project Manager
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
281-499-1511238-2100

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

Required use of SW-846 Method 5035

New Information

Beginning January 1, 2016, the TCEQ Remediation Division will require the use of United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) SW846 Method 5035A, Purge-and-Trap and Extraction for Volatile Organics in Soil and Waste Samples, as amended, for the collection and preparation of solid samples for volatile organic compound (VOC) analysis using purge-and-trap technology.

The TCEQ Remediation Division guidance on Method 5035 has been updated and is available.