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Spector Salvage Yard

This former military surplus and chemical salvage yard in Orange, Orange County is currently in the Operation and Maintenance phase of the Superfund Program.

Site Background

The Spector Salvage Yard state Superfund site is located in the southern portion of the city of Orange. The property covers approximately 4 acres. It is bordered by Polk Street and the Union Pacific Railroad tracks on the north and the Jackson Street Evergreen Cemetery to the south. The railroad right of way also is the east boundary. The City of Orange sewage treatment plant is located adjacent to the west boundary of the site. Tenth Street divides the site into a western one-third (Lot #1) and an eastern two-thirds portion (Lot #2). In addition to general salvage, the site owners received military surplus equipment and supplies purchased from military, industrial and chemical facilities. The salvage yard ceased operations in 1971.

Superfund Actions Taken to Date

  • July 16, 1999, a legal notice was published in the Texas Register (24 TexReg 5593-5594) and the Orange Leader describing the site, proposing the site for listing on the state Superfund registry, and also proposing to use commercial/industrial land use specifications for remediation of the site contamination.
  • July 30, 1999, a community relations plan was prepared for the Spector Salvage Yard site.
  • August 19, 1999, a public meeting was held at the Library Council Chambers of the Orange Public Library to receive community comments on the proposal of the Spector Salvage Yard site for listing on the state Superfund registry and also to propose commercial/industrial land use specifications for remediation of the site contamination. The nonresidential use of the land may be considered in any remedial action proposed for the site.
  • March 21, 2000, the deadline for receiving good-faith offers from potentially responsible parties was extended to April 17, 2000.
  • May 5, 2000, TNRCC issued a work order to clean the site of vegetation and contamination debris.
  • January 5, 2001, removal of overgrown vegetation and contamination debris was completed.
  • May 22, 2001, TNRCC issued the work order for the remedial investigation, which initiated the soil and groundwater investigation at the site.
  • August 20, 2001, TNRCC's contractor completed the field work for the Phase I remedial investigation.
  • December 13, 2001, TNRCC approved the October 17, 2001, technical memorandum for the phase 1 investigation which indicated additional sampling is needed.
  • February 14, 2002, TNRCC issued a work order to begin phase 2 remedial investigation.
  • April 19, 2002, the field work for the second phase of groundwater sampling and surface soil sampling was completed.
  • July 11, 2002, TNRCC approved the contractor's June 14, 2002, technical memorandum for the phase 2 sampling. The data in the report indicated that additional soil and sediment sampling is necessary.
  • September 1, 2002, effective date of the name change from Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission (TNRCC) to Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).
  • May 9, 2003, TCEQ issued a work order to its contractor to draft a scope of work, and to perform additional sampling and clearing of garbage and debris from the site.
  • June 13, 2003, TCEQ initiated the final phase of field investigation activities to collect the necessary information to complete the site investigation.
  • September 2003, TCEQ approved the additional investigation activities letter report.
  • October 2003, TCEQ determined that the site does not qualify for a Texas risk reduction program Tier 1 exclusion, and issued a work order to the contractor to submit a scope of work for Tier 2.
  • November 2003, TCEQ issued a work order to the contractor to prepare a report for screening chemicals of concern.
  • February 2004, TCEQ approved the screening report on chemicals of concern. A work order was issued for continued quarterly groundwater monitoring and to conduct a first phase, second tier screening level environmental risk assessment.
  • April 2004, TCEQ issued a work order for additional analytical services for the next two quarters of groundwater sampling. The second phase of the remedial investigation technical memorandum that was submitted by the contractor, was also approved.
  • June 2004, TCEQ approved the revised Tier 2 screening level ecological risk assessment interim report, as well as the April 2004 quarterly groundwater monitoring report.
  • July 11-13, 2004, TCEQ's contractor conducted the quarterly groundwater monitoring for the site.
  • September 2004, a work order was issued to the contractor to complete the Tier 2 screening level ecological risk assessment final report.
  • November 2004, a work order was issued for off-site sampling.
  • December 2004, off-site sampling of adjacent properties occurred.
  • March 2005, quarterly sampling was conducted for the six site monitor wells.
  • March 16, 2005, a work order was issued to the contractor to continue quarterly groundwater monitoring.
  • July 2005, quarterly sampling was conducted for the six site monitor wells.
  • August 31, 2005, the TCEQ approved the Tier 2 screening level ecological risk assessment (SLERA). The risk assessment concluded that the site did not pose unacceptable excess threat to the environment.
  • February 14, 2006, TCEQ and the contractor completed the preparation of the removal action field sampling plan.
  • February 20-27, removal action pre-confirmation sampling and analysis activities were conducted.
  • May 31-June 2, 2006, removal action pre-confirmation sampling and analysis activities were conducted.
  • September 7, 2006, TCEQ approved the field activities report, which included a summary of the pre-confirmation sampling and analysis field activities.
  • September 8, 2006, a legal notice Exit TCEQ Site was published in the Texas Register (31 TexReg 7720) of the intent to perform a removal action consisting of excavation and off-site disposal of soil containing concentrations of hazardous substances above commercial/industrial use cleanup levels.
  • January 8, 2007, TCEQ approved the December 5, 2006, Focused Feasibility Study for Groundwater, which evaluated cleanup options for the site groundwater.
  • January 27, 2007, the proposed remedial action document was approved for the Spector Salvage Yard site.
  • February 5, 2007, soil removal was initiated.
  • February 23, 2007, a legal notice Exit TCEQ Site was published in the Texas Register (32 TexReg 966-967) of the intent to designate a groundwater plume management zone and to record institutional controls in the real property records of each portion of property that overlies the groundwater contamination zone.
  • March 29, 2007, the removal action is on schedule. All soil exceeding the cleanup level has been removed from the site.
  • March 30, 2007, no objections were received at the public meeting to explain the choice of a plume management zone as a remedial action. The plume management zone (PMZ) would modify the standard groundwater cleanup objectives by controlling and preventing the use of and exposure to the groundwater within the PMZ by recording institutional controls in the real property records. The institutional control would be placed on each property which overlies groundwater contaminated above the PCLs and would describe the specific area of the PMZ on the affected property. The public meeting was held in the Council Chambers of the Orange Public Library.
  • June 29, 2007, TCEQ approved the Removal Action Report.
  • July 2007, the plume management zone groundwater monitoring system was installed.
  • August 2007, the quarterly groundwater monitoring was performed.
  • August 6, 2008, TCEQ issued An Administrative Order, listing the site on the state Superfund registry.
  • August 28, 2008, the soil removal is complete, and the groundwater remedy is ongoing.
  • September 2008, the site was inspected after Hurricane Ike. No immediate damage was identified.
  • October 2008, quarterly Operations and Maintenance (O&M) groundwater monitoring was performed.
  • January 2009, a lien affidavit was filed and recorded in the real property records of Orange County, Texas.
  • January 2009, quarterly O&M groundwater monitoring was performed.
  • April 2009, quarterly O&M groundwater monitoring was performed.
  • July 2009, quarterly O&M groundwater monitoring was performed.
  • November 2009, quarterly O&M groundwater monitoring was performed.
  • February 2010, quarterly O&M groundwater monitoring was performed.
  • May 2010, quarterly O&M groundwater monitoring was performed.
  • August 2010, quarterly O&M groundwater monitoring was performed.
  • January 2011, quarterly O&M groundwater monitoring was performed.
  • April 2011, quarterly O&M groundwater monitoring was performed.
  • July 2011, quarterly O&M groundwater monitoring was performed.
  • November 2011, quarterly O&M groundwater monitoring was performed at the site.
  • February 2012, quarterly O&M groundwater monitoring was performed at the site.
  • May 2012, quarterly O&M groundwater monitoring was performed at the site.
  • July 2012, quarterly O&M groundwater monitoring was performed at the site.
  • January 2013, semi-annual O&M groundwater monitoring was performed at the site.

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Site Specific Information

EPA ID : TXD000003384
Location : Orange, Orange County
Site Status : Cleanup Complete - O&M
Type of Facility : Military Surplus and Chemical Salvage Yard
Category : Listed on Registry
Media Affected : Soil
Latitude : 30º05'13"N
Longitude : -93º44'22"W
Hazard Ranking Score (HRS) : 12.88
Contaminants at time of HRS : Lead, Cadmium
TCEQ Region : Beaumont - 10
Funded by : Hazardous & Solid Waste Remediation Fee Account - Lien affidavit filed

Contact Information

Superfund Project Manager
Audrey Smith
713-767-3721 or 1-800-633-9363
E-mailsuperfnd@tceq.texas.gov

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

Records Repositories

Orange Public Library
220 North Fifth Street
Orange TX 77630-5796
409-883-1086

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