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Tucker Oil Refinery/Clinton Manges Oil & Refining Company

This dismantled oil refinery in Tucker, Anderson County is being addressed under the State Superfund Program.

Site Background

The Tucker Oil Refinery/Clinton Manges Oil & Refining Company site (the site) is located along the east side of U.S. Highway 79 in the rural community of Tucker, approximately 9 miles west of Palestine in Anderson County. The facility consists of an inactive and dismantled oil refinery situated on approximately 9.249 acres of land between U.S. Highway 79 and the Union Pacific Railroad. An additional 2.2 acres, which housed a small frame office building for the refinery operations, is located directly across U.S. Highway 79 to the west. Other tracts of land located adjacent to the refinery tract, may have been connected to the operations. Oil was refined at the site as early as 1940 and operations continued through a succession of owners until 1981. Clinton Manges Oil and Refining Company was the last known wastewater discharge permit recipient. The permit was terminated in 1983 at the request of Clinton Manges Oil and Refining Company. The facility was sold for scrap metal salvage in 1994. Salvage operations were completed in late December 1995. On March 28, 2000, the EPA referred the site to the State of Texas Superfund program for any action.

Superfund Actions Taken to Date

  • June 20, 2000, a site perimeter fence was constructed to limit unauthorized access and signs were posted warning of contamination.
  • August 15, 2000, a hazard ranking system (HRS) documentation record was prepared for the site.
  • September 15, 2000, a community relations plan was prepared for the site.
  • November 3, 2000, a legal notice was published in the Texas Register (25 TexReg 11179-11180) describing the site, proposing the site for listing on the state Superfund registry, and also proposing commercial/industrial land use specifications for remediation of the site contamination. The land use designation may be considered in any remedial action proposed for the site.
  • November 22, 2000, TNRCC notified approximately 18 potentially responsible parties that they may be liable for costs of investigation and remediation at the site. The notifications requested that potentially responsible parties negotiate the terms of an agreed administrative order to conduct a remedial investigation/feasibility study (RI/FS) at the site.
  • December 7, 2000, a public meeting was held at the Tucker Volunteer Fire Department Station House to obtain public input and information regarding the proposed listing on the state Superfund registry and the plan to limit use of the land to commercial/industrial purposes and to use those specifications for remediation of the site contamination.
  • February 27, 2001, no potentially responsible parties submitted a good-faith offer by the deadline.
  • May 1, 2001, TNRCC inspected the site in order to develop a remedial investigation work plan.
  • May 13, 2001, TNRCC issued a work order to initiate the remedial investigation.
  • May 22, 2001, TNRCC met with the contractor at the site for a review of current site conditions.
  • June 20, 2001, TNRCC met with Texas Department of Transportation representatives to discuss issues of right of way access and future highway development plans that may impact the site.
  • July 17, 2001, TNRCC issued a work order to develop a health and safety plan for remediation activities planned for the site.
  • October 10, 2001, TNRCC issued a work order for preparation of a work plan for a waste consolidation action.
  • December 2001, the contractor performed waste characterization sampling, inventory and measurement of waste units.
  • June 2002, TNRCC's contractor performed waste consolidation activities, including removal of all sumps and impoundments.
  • July 2002, TNRCC's contractor continued field work, installing monitor wells and temporary shallow groundwater sample points, and analyzed samples in a mobile laboratory.
  • September 1, 2002, effective date of the name change from Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission (TNRCC) to Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).
  • November 30, 2002, TCEQ issued a work order for a report on the field work and the data usability study.
  • March 5, 2003, TCEQ issued a work order for additional sampling and other investigational needs.
  • April 5, 2003, TCEQ's contractor collected additional waste characterization samples, and conducted additional inspection and groundwater monitoring of the site.
  • May 5, 2003, TCEQ issued a work order for additonal land title search.
  • June 2003, TCEQ approved the contractor's second phase field sampling plan and scope of work for the second phase of the remedial investigation.
  • August 2003, a work order was issued for the second phase of field work. The contractor completed the second phase of field work, which included numerous additional shallow groundwater sampling points which were analyzed by an onsite mobile laboratory.
  • November 2003, TCEQ issued a work order to the contractor to perform the ecological risk assessment at the site.
  • January 2004, the contractor began the second phase of the remedial investigation field work at the site.
  • March 2004, TCEQ approved the quarterly groundwater monitoring plan prepared by the contractor.
  • May 2004, a work order was issued to the TCEQ contractor to extend the remedial investigation east of the railroad right of way.
  • June 2004, the contractor collected additional soil samples for the ecological risk assessment.
  • July 2004, the environmental investigation east of the railroad right of way began and water samples were collected.
  • August 2004, the investigation east of the railroad right of way was completed. TCEQ received and approved the final report for the site screening level ecological risk assessment.
  • September 2004, a work order was issued for additional monitoring wells to be installed. The quarterly groundwater sampling was completed.
  • October 2004, the installation and sampling of the additional monitoring wells was completed.
  • November 2004, a work order was issued to the contractor to continue the remedial investigation and sampling.
  • March 2005, a work order was issued for additional cone penetrometer technology investigation and more groundwater monitoring wells to delineate the extent of the groundwater plume.
  • September 2005, a work order was issued to extend the remedial investigation and to collect groundwater samples.
  • October 2005, monitor well sampling was completed by the contractor.
  • February 2006, monitor well sampling was completed by the contractor.
  • July 2006, a work order was issued for additional groundwater investigation and further delineation of mercury in the site soil.
  • August 2006, a groundwater and soil investigation sampling event was conducted.
  • October 2006, the sampling results for the August 2006 groundwater and soil investigation sampling event were received.
  • March 2007, site maintenance activities, which included the on-site consolidation of investigation-derived wastes and the clearing of brush from portions of the site fence line, were performed.
  • April 2007, a groundwater monitoring event was performed.
  • October 15-16, 2008, repairs were made to the temporary cell liner at the site. The repairs involved compacting the material in the temporary cell and installing a new liner cover.
  • December 2008, a groundwater sampling of the existing monitoring wells and site mowing were completed.
  • July 2012, TCEQ approved contractor to procure a Registered Land Surveyor to survey site wells and establish a permanent benchmark.
  • June 2012, a groundwater monitoring event was performed.
  • September 18, 2012, TCEQ approved the Remedial Investigation Report.
  • December 2012, a groundwater monitoring event was performed.
  • April 5, 2013, TCEQ approved a Treatability Study Workplan to address Site groundwater contamination.

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Site Specific Information

EPA ID : TXD980864870
Location : Tucker, Anderson County
Site Status : Evaluation Under Way
Type of Facility : Dismantled Oil Refinery
Category : Proposed to Registry
Media Affected : Groundwater, Soil, Sediment
Latitude : 31º40'38"N
Longitude : -95º44'44"W
Hazard Ranking Score (HRS) : 9.7
Contaminants at time of HRS : Benzene, Ethylbenzene, Xylene, Toluene, Napthalene
TCEQ Region : Tyler - 5
Funded by : Hazardous & Solid Waste Remediation Fee Account

Contact Information

Superfund Project Manager
Mackenzie Vessely
512-239-2208 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-mailsuperfnd@tceq.texas.gov

Records Repositories

Palestine Public Library
1101 N Cedar Street
Palestine TX 75801
903-729-4121

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