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Unnamed Plating

This former metals processing & recovery facility in El Paso, El Paso County is currently in the Operation and Maintenance phase of the Superfund Program.

Site Background

The Unnamed Plating Site (the Site) is located in an industrial area in the southeast portion of El Paso at 6816–6824 Industrial Avenue. From 1972-1979, the 2-acre site operated as a spent-nickel processing and metals recovery facility using four on-site evaporation ponds. During the remedial investigation, it was determined that on-site contaminants included antimony, arsenic, cadmium, chromium, copper, cyanide, lead, nickel, and zinc.

Superfund Actions Taken to Date

  • October 16, 1987, a legal notice was published in the Texas Register (12 TexReg 3858-3859) describing the Site, proposing the Site to the state Superfund registry, and announcing that a public meeting to receive citizen comments would be held at El Paso City Hall on October 29, 1987.
  • January 22, 1988, a legal notice was published in the Texas Register (13 TexReg 427-428) listing the Site on the state Superfund registry.
  • November 29, 1990, remedial investigation/feasibility study under way.
  • 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.
  • May 14, 1995, the final remedial investigation/feasibility study report was approved, marking completion of that phase.
  • May 16, 1995, a legal notice was published in the Texas Register (20 TexReg 3688-3689) announcing a public meeting would be held on July 11, 1995, at the El Paso City Hall to present to the community the best choice among cleanup remedies and to receive comments to be considered in the final recommended remedy.
  • July 11, 1995, a public meeting was held at El Paso City Hall in El Paso to receive comments on the proposed cleanup alternative, which was construction of a concrete cap with a geomembrane, and long-term maintenance of the Site.
  • October 1995, a community relations plan was prepared for the Unnamed Plating Superfund site.
  • March 17, 1996, a final administrative order was issued which set cleanup levels; selected the remedy for cleanup; established rules, responsibilities, and enforcement options for the remedial design/remedial action and long-term maintenance of the Site; and directed the Potentially Responsible Parties (PRPs) to fund or perform the remedial design and remedial action.
  • June 30, 1997, remedial action under way.
  • June 11, 1998, remedial action completed.
  • June 11, 1998, the TNRCC authorized implementation of operations and maintenance plan. The operations and maintenance plan requires the PRPs to submit annual reports, including notices of any problems with the concrete cap, to the TNRCC for review.
  • July 1998-August 2002, operation and maintenance was continued at the Site. The operation and maintenance includes monthly inspections by the responsible party of the integrity of the concrete cap. The operation and maintenance requires submitting monthly reports to the TNRCC for review and written acknowledgement of any problems with the cap.
  • September 1, 2002, effective date of the name change from the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission (TNRCC) to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).
  • September 2002-August 2003, TCEQ operation and maintenance continued at the Site, which includes inspections of the concrete cap's integrity, followed by an annual report by the PRPs.
  • February 2004, the TCEQ received the annual inspection report of the cap and vault. The annual inspection report confirmed that the cap continued to protect human health and the environment.
  • February 2005, the TCEQ received the annual inspection report of the cap and vault. The annual inspection report confirmed that the cap continued to protect human health and the environment.
  • February 2006, the TCEQ received the annual inspection report of the cap and vault. The annual inspection report confirmed that the cap continued to protect human health and the environment.
  • February 2007, the TCEQ received the annual inspection report of the cap and vault. The annual inspection report confirmed that the cap continued to protect human health and the environment.
  • October 2009, the TCEQ received the annual inspection report of the cap and vault. The annual inspection report confirmed that the cap continued to protect human health and the environment.
  • January 2010, a Site visit and an annual cap inspection were conducted by the TCEQ and the PRPs. The annual inspection confirmed that the cap continues to protect human health and the environment.
  • March 2010, the TCEQ received and approved the annual inspection report for the cap. The annual inspection report confirmed that the cap continues to protect human health and the environment.
  • April 2011, the TCEQ received and approved the annual inspection report for the cap. The annual report confirmed that the cap continues to protect human health and the environment.
  • June 2012, the TCEQ received and approved the annual inspection report for the cap. The annual report confirmed that the cap continues to protect human health and the environment.

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Site Specific Information

EPA ID : None
Location : El Paso, El Paso County
Site Status : Cleanup Complete O & M
Type of Facility : Metals Processing & Recovery
Category : Listed on Registry
Media Affected : Soil
Latitude : 31º46'22"N
Longitude : -106º23'24"W
Hazard Ranking Score (HRS) : 10.8
Contaminants at time of HRS : Arsenic, Cadmium, Chromium, Nickel, Zinc
TCEQ Region : El Paso - 6
Funded by : Potentially Responsible Parties

Contact Information

Superfund Project Manager
Phil Winsor
512-239-1054 or 1-800-633-9363
E-mail: superfnd@tceq.texas.gov

Superfund Community Relations Liaison
John Flores
512-239-0574 or 1-800-633-9363
E-mail: superfnd@tceq.texas.gov

Records Repositories

El Paso Public Library
501 N. Oregon Street
El Paso TX 79901
915-543-5433

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