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This former chromium-plating facility in Ector County is being addressed under the state Superfund program.

Site Summary

The 1-acre site is on the northwest corner of West 48th Street and Andrews Highway, near Odessa, Ector County, Texas. A chromium-plating facility operated here in a concrete-block building during the 1950s. Plating process waste contaminated the soils and groundwater with chromium and organic solvents. Chromium and hexavalent chromium were discovered in several wells in the vicinity of the site in 1994. 

To prevent any unacceptable exposure to contaminants, the TCEQ installed filtration systems on domestic wells where the maximum contaminant level exceeded the federal limits for drinking water.

Superfund Registry and Investigation

The TCEQ proposed the site to the state Superfund registry in May 2008 and in June 2009 began a remedial investigation to determine the nature and extent of contamination in the soil and groundwater.

The TCEQ is maintaining the filter systems on the affected domestic wells.

Current Status

The site is in the remedial investigation phase.

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