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Sherman Foundry

This former cast iron foundry in Sherman, Grayson County is being addressed under the State Superfund Program.

Site Background

The Sherman Foundry site is an inactive former cast iron foundry that produced gray and ductile iron machine parts from scrap, pig iron, and foundry returns using a melting and mold process. It is located at 532 E. King Street in south central Sherman. The site is bordered by East Street on the west side, railroad lines on the east side, Cherry Street on the north side, and straddles King Street on the south side. The facility was also known as the Old Foundry, and had been operating since before 1947. Operations ceased in October 2000 following the bankruptcy of the parent company, Hamilton Foundry and Machine Company.

The TCEQ has conducted Removal Actions for off-site disposal of foundry waste, liquid, and hazardous solid wastes. The Remedial Investigation is underway.

Superfund Actions Taken to Date

  • August 23, 2005, a hazard ranking system (HRS) document was prepared for the Sherman Foundry site.
  • March 30, 2006, potentially responsible parties were identified and were sent notices that they may be liable for costs of investigation and remediation of the Sherman Foundry site. The notifications requested the potentially responsible parties negotiate terms of an agreed administrative order to conduct a remedial investigation/feasibility study at the site.
  • April 7, 2006, a legal notice Exit TCEQ Site was published in the Texas Register (31 TexReg 3082-3083) describing the site and proposing the site for listing on the state Superfund registry.
    A public meeting to receive citizen comments was scheduled for May 18, 2006 at the Sherman Public Library, Hope Waller Community Room.
  • May 17, 2006, representatives of the TCEQ inspected the property.
  • May 18, 2006, a public meeting was held at the Sherman Public Library to hear comments from the community on the proposal of the Sherman Foundry site to the Superfund registry and to receive information regarding any additional potentially responsible parties.
  • June 7, 2006, the period for potentially responsible parties to submit offers to fund the remedial investigation at the site ended.
  • March 2007, a Field Sampling Plan was finalized to conduct a preliminary investigation of soil and groundwater, to determine the hazardous constituents associated with the facility.
  • April 2007, a preliminary investigation was conducted at the site to determine impacts to soil and groundwater. Waste characterization sampling was conducted on five waste piles to determine off-site disposal alternatives.
  • April 19, 2007, a deed notice was filed in the real property records of Grayson County, identifying the facility as one proposed for listing on the State Superfund Registry.
  • May 2007, sample results were received for the April 2007 soil and groundwater sampling event. The results of the sampling indicated that the shallow groundwater beneath the site could be impacted with hazardous constituents.
  • May 2007, the contractor conducted a survey of water wells within one-quarter mile of the site to determine public and private drinking water wells located in the vicinity of the site.
  • May 2007, the contractor surveyed the monitoring wells that were installed during the preliminary investigation, to establish groundwater depth and gradient.
  • May 2007, a Waste Disposal Work Plan was developed to remove several waste piles and drummed wastes from the site.
  • July 27, 2007, a legal notice Exit TCEQ Site was published in the Texas Register, (32 TexReg 4647-4648) of the intent to perform a removal action at the Sherman Foundry site. The removal action included off-site disposal of several large waste piles from historic foundry operations; disposal of impacted soils; disposal of accumulated wastes from on-site buildings; disposal of numerous 55-gallon drums of wastes from historic foundry operations, emergency response and groundwater investigations; disposal of water accumulated in the loading dock and sumps, and disposal of numerous empty drums/containers.
  • August 2007, a removal action was conducted at the Sherman Foundry site to remove wastes. The removal action included off-site disposal of several large waste piles from historic foundry operations; disposal of investigation-derived impacted soils from installation of five groundwater monitor wells; disposal of numerous 55-gallon drums of waste from historic foundry operations; disposal of water and oil accumulated in loading dock sumps; disposal of numerous empty drums/containers; disposal of wastes from two storage tanks and one in-ground sump; disposal of waste accumulated within the main warehouse building. Also, seven investigative soil borings were drilled to assess impacts to soil and groundwater in the vicinity of the maintenance/paint shops.
  • August 12, 2008, a TCEQ contractor inspected the portion of the site located north of King Street, including the fence, sumps and locks and ensured that the vegetation at the site was being maintained and mowed.
  • May 2009 - August 2009, Vegetation control activities were conducted.
  • May 2009 - August 2009, Rodent control activities were conducted.
  • December 2009, Vegetation control activities were conducted.
  • February 2010, Vegetation control activities were conducted.
  • November 2010, Vegetation control activities were conducted.
  • May 5, 2011, the Health and Safety Plan (HASP) Addendum accepted for the Remedial Investigation.
  • August 16, 2011, the Remedial Investigation Work-plan was reviewed and accepted.
  • January 25, 2012, the Remedial Investigation Field Sampling Plan (FSP) was reviewed and accepted.
  • October 23, 2012, the Groundwater Investigation Report was reviewed and accepted.  The report detailed new monitoring wells installed at the site and analysis of groundwater from all wells.
  • January 2013, preparation is underway for demolition of the foundry building. The foundry building is unsafe to enter because of structural disintegration. Soil and groundwater beneath the foundry building need to be analyzed and therefore the building must be demolished.

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