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Sherman Foundry

No further Superfund environmental response actions are required at this former metal foundry facility in Sherman, Grayson County.

Site Summary

The Sherman Foundry site is a former cast iron foundry that operated at 532 East King Street in south central Sherman, on approximately five acres, from about 1947 until 2000. During that time, the metals lead, arsenic, manganese and mercury and semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs) contaminated the soil around and under the foundry slab.

Superfund Registry and Investigation

The site was proposed for listing on the state Superfund registry in 2006.

Between 2007 and 2017, remedial investigation samples showed that the soil around the foundry slab was contaminated with metals. In 2013, the disintegrating foundry building was demolished to access the soil under the slab for further investigation. SVOC-contaminated soil and sludge were discovered there.

In 2007, the TCEQ installed several wells around the site to monitor the groundwater, which is contaminated by volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Based on the groundwater flow, the VOC contamination was determined to be from an off-site source and unrelated to foundry operations. The TCEQ Superfund Site Discovery & Assessment Program (SSDAP) is investigating the contaminated groundwater plume.


Also from 2007 to 2017, the TCEQ performed several removal actions to protect human health and the environment, including excavating and properly disposing of a landfill, foundry sand, baghouse dust, and contaminated soil and sludge.

Current Status

The site has been cleaned up to commercial and industrial standards. As long as it is not used for residential purposes no further remediation is required, per the notice filed in the real property records in Grayson County. The notice also states that groundwater exposure for any purpose is not advised until the TCEQ or other appropriate authority addresses the groundwater plume.

No additional state Superfund environmental response actions are required. The site is ready for reuse in the community as a commercial or industrial property, and the TCEQ is proposing to delete it from the state Superfund registry. A legal notice was published in the Texas Register (43 TexReg 2302) and the Herald Democrat newspaper on April 13, 2018.

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