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State Marine

No State Superfund action is needed on this former barge cleaning facility in Port Arthur, Jefferson County. This site is currently being addressed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Referred to EPA Exit the TCEQ

Site Background

The State Marine site is located on Old Yacht Club Road (Old Ferry Road), at the edge of Sabine Lake. The 17.197-acre site is located on top of the old Port Arthur landfill on Pleasure Islet in Port Arthur. This site was a barge-cleaning operation consisting of a wastewater treatment system, a waste oil storage area, and three unlined impoundment and settling pond areas created by excavating portions of the municipal waste cap. The municipal waste included plastic bags and containers, tires, metal, and glass.

Superfund Actions Taken to Date

  • July 25, 1986, a legal notice was published in the Texas Register (11 TexReg 3421-3422) announcing a series of public meetings across the state to collect information and receive comments on constituting the initial state Superfund registry and announcing a hearing would be held at the Houston-Galveston Area Council of Governments on August 21, 1986, and a second hearing would be held at the Stephen F. Austin Building in Austin on August 28, 1986.
  • January 16, 1987, State Marine became 1 of 10 sites listed on the first Texas Superfund registry (12 TexReg 205-206).
  • March 16, 1988, an administrative order was issued ordering the potentially responsible parties to conduct a remedial investigation/feasibility study. The potentially responsible parties challenged the order in the courts and effectively froze all state Superfund action until 1992.
  • February 6, 1992, the court dismissed appeals of the potentially responsible parties
    and ordered the state to proceed with Superfund action.
  • May 22, 1992, the site was referred to the EPA for possible federal Superfund action.
  • 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.
  • June 1995, a judicial order was issued enjoining the owner/operator from further activies at the site.
  • March 6, 1998, the State Marine site was proposed to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) National Priorities List (NPL).
  • July 28, 1998, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency added State Marine to the NPL.
  • November 20, 1998, a legal notice was published in the Texas Register (23 TexReg 11859) and the Port Arthur News proposing to delete the site from the state Superfund registry and inviting public comments on the determination that under the Texas Health and Safety Code § 361.183(d) the site has been accepted under the federal Superfund program and was therefore eligible for deletion.
  • January 15, 1999, a legal notice was published in the Texas Register (24 TexReg 322) officially deleting the State Marine site from the state Superfund registry. No challenges or comments were received to the determination that the site has been accepted under the federal Superfund program and is eligible for deletion under the Texas Health and Safety Code § 361.183(d). No further state remedial action is planned. For further information about this site, read the EPA site report. Exit the TCEQ
  • 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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