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Hall Street

This former waste disposal site in Galveston County is in the Operation and Maintenance phase of the state Superfund program.

Site Summary

The Hall Street state Superfund site is located in a mixed rural and residential area north of the Dickinson city limits in Galveston County, at the northeast corner of the intersection of 20th Street (formerly Hall Street) and California Avenue. The site was used in the late 1950s and 1960s for the disposal of chemical and petrochemical wastes. A variety of wastes, including liquids, polymers, sludge, and tars were disposed of by open-field dumping or by burial in shallow trenches and pits.

Superfund Registry and Investigation

The site was proposed for listing on the state Superfund registry in the July 25, 1986, issue of the Texas Register (11 TexReg 3421) and listed on the state Superfund registry in the January 16, 1987 issue of the Texas Register (12 TexReg 205). In 1992, the Texas Water Commission, a predecessor agency to the TCEQ, began the remedial investigation (RI) and constructed a fence around the perimeter of the site.

In 2009, the TCEQ conducted a removal action that consisted of excavation and disposal of approximately 9,187 tons of buried waste and associated contaminated soil that was acting as a source of groundwater contamination. Backfilling with clean soil was completed to fill in the excavations.

From 2009 to 2018, the TCEQ continued RI activities, including extensive groundwater monitoring of four groundwater-bearing units beneath the site.

Remedial Action

On July 22, 2019, the TCEQ issued an administrative order, which selected the site remedial action.

The selected remedial action for the groundwater established an on-site and off-site plume management zone (PMZ) with limited in-situ enhanced-bioremediation of on-site shallow groundwater.

Institutional controls limiting the site’s land use to commercial/industrial and preventing use, and exposure to contaminated groundwater, are on file in the real property records.

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Current Status

The site is in the operation and maintenance phase. The TCEQ will periodically monitor the PMZ until the site reaches protective concentration levels.