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J.C. Pennco Waste Oil Service

No further Superfund environmental response actions are required at this former waste oil and used drum recycling facility in San Antonio, Bexar County. The TCEQ has deleted this site from the state Superfund registry.

Site Summary

The J.C. Pennco Waste Oil Service site spans 5 acres at 4927 Higdon Road just southeast of the San Antonio city limits. During its eight years of operation from May 1984 to April 1992, the site received an unknown quantity of used barrels and various chemicals, including used oil, antifreeze, and solvents. Spills and discharges from the oil storage tanks and barrel-cleaning activities resulted in contamination of the groundwater and soil.

Beginning Cleanup

In 1991, TCEQ investigations revealed contamination of nearby residential water wells. In 1992, the owner filed bankruptcy and abandoned the site. The TCEQ fenced the site and began providing bottled water to residents with contaminated wells.

In 1995 and 1996, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) extended city water lines to residences in the area. Additionally, the EPA removed approximately 4,000 drums, 120 cubic yards of soil and debris, 31,500 gallons of liquid wastes, and 23 tanks from the site to eliminate potential sources of contamination. In November 1996, the EPA referred the site back to the state for further remedial action.

Superfund Registry and Remedial Action

The TCEQ proposed the site to the state Superfund registry in 1997. As a result of the remedial investigation, the TCEQ concluded that no additional remedial actions related to soil were required at the site. On August 28, 2004, an administrative order listed the site on the state Superfund registry and selected the remedial action of natural attenuation with post-closure monitoring for the groundwater.

In September 2013, the TCEQ deleted the site from the Superfund registry.

Current Status

Cleanup is complete. No additional state Superfund environmental response actions are required.

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