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Tenaha Wood Treating

This former wood treatment facility in Tenaha, Shelby County is being addressed under the State Superfund Program.

Site Background

The Tenaha Wood Treating site is a former wood treatment facility located on six acres in Shelby County at 275 County Road 4382, about a mile and a half south of the city limits of Tenaha and near the intersection of U.S. Highway 96 and County Road 4382. The site is bordered by rural areas to all sides. Wood treatment operations were conducted at the site from 1980 until 1985, using both pentachlorophenol and chromated copper arsenate.

Superfund Actions Taken to Date

  • December 2004, a hazard ranking system (HRS) document was prepared for the Tenaha Wood Treating site.
  • November 2005, a community relations plan was prepared for the Tenaha Wood Treating site.
  • November 23, 2005, TCEQ began mailing out letters to identified potentially responsible parties, requesting them to participate in an agreed order to fund or perform a remedial investigation and feasibility study at the site.
  • December 1, 2005, a legal notice was published in the Timpson and Tenaha News describing the site and proposing the site to the Superfund registry. There are at least two residences on the site. TCEQ will use residential criteria in setting cleanup levels. Residential land use would be based on the existing land use of the property, as is prescribed in 30 TAC Chapter 350, Texas Risk Reduction Program, under §350.53. A public meeting to receive citizen comments will be held January 12, 2006, at the Tenaha City Hall.
  • December 2, 2005, a legal notice was published in the The Center Light & Champion describing the site and proposing the site to the Superfund registry. There are at least two residences on the site. TCEQ will use residential criteria in setting cleanup levels. Residential land use would be based on the existing land use of the property, as is prescribed in 30 TAC Chapter 350, Texas Risk Reduction Program, under §350.53. A public meeting to receive citizen comments will be held January 12, 2006, at the Tenaha City Hall.
  • December 2, 2005, a legal notice Exit TCEQ Site was published in the Texas Register (30 TexReg 8213-8214) describing the site and proposing the site for listing on the state Superfund registry. There are at least two residences on the site. TCEQ will use residential criteria in setting cleanup levels. Residential land use would be based on the existing land use of the property, as is prescribed in 30 TAC Chapter 350, Texas Risk Reduction Program, under §350.53. A public meeting to receive citizen comments will be held January 12, 2006, at the Tenaha City Hall.
  • January 12, 2006, a public meeting to receive citizen comments was held at the Tenaha City Hall.
  • March 2006, a fence was constructed around former process areas and known contaminated areas to minimize onsite resident exposure to contaminated soils.
  • June 22, 2007, a legal notice Exit TCEQ Site was published in the Texas Register, (32 TexReg 3867-3868) of the intent to perform a removal action at the Tenaha Wood Treating site. The removal action will consist of excavation of contaminated soils.
  • September 13, 2007, the removal action to address ongoing sources and onsite resident exposure to contaminated soils, is in progress.
  • November 9, 2009, the final phase of the removal action, which includes excavation and disposal of contaminated soils from the former wood treatment process area, is in progress.
  • March 7, 2010, the final phase of the removal action was completed.
  • June 2010, the final Removal Action Report was received from the contractor and approved by TCEQ.
  • December 30, 2011, the 2011 Groundwater Monitoring and Soil Sampling Event Report was approved.
  • October 2012, the 2012 Groundwater Monitoring and Soil Sampling Event Report was approved. The groundwater samples indicated no constituents of concern above their respective Texas Risk Reduction Program Protective Concentration Levels (PCLs). The soil sampling event verified onsite surface soil contamination along the fence that was placed around the former process area in 2006.
  • November 2012, the 2012 Groundwater Monitoring and Soil Sampling Event has been completed. Sixty-five soil and five groundwater samples were collected. Two of the soil samples indicated concentrations of pentachlorophenol that exceed the Texas Risk Reduction Program Tier 1 Protective Concentration Levels (PCLs). The groundwater samples indicated no constituents of concern above their respective PCLs. The TCEQ is currently evaluating results to determine future actions to be taken at the site.
  • February 2013, groundwater monitoring field work was conducted. Surface soil removal action alternatives are being evaluated.

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Site Specific Information

EPA ID : TXD072691462
Location : Tenaha, Shelby County
Site Status : Evaluation Under Way
Type of Facility : Wood Treatment
Category : Proposed to Registry
Media Affected : Soil, Sediment
Latitude : 31º55'01"N
Longitude : -94º13'54"W
Hazard Ranking Score (HRS) : 30.59
Contaminants at time of HRS : Arsenic, Chromium, Copper, Dioxins, Pentachlorophenol
TCEQ Region : Beaumont - 10
Funded by : Hazardous & Solid Waste Remediation Fee Account

Contact Information

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

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

Records Repositories

Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library
619 Tenaha Street
Center TX 75935
936/598-5522

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