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Tenaha Wood Treating

This Former Wood Treatment Facility in Tenaha, Shelby County is in the Remedial Investigation Phase.

Site History

The Tenaha Wood Treating site is a former wood treatment facility located on a six-acre tract, approximately a mile and a half south of the city limits of Tenaha. The site is located at 275 County Road 4382, in a rural area immediately south of County Road 4382 near its intersection with US Highway 96.

Wood treatment operations were conducted at the site from 1960 until 1985, using both pentachlorophenol and chromated copper arsenate. The site was abandoned in 1985.

Superfund Registry and Investigation

The TCEQ proposed the site to the state Superfund registry in December 2005 and began the remedial investigation in February 2006.

In March 2006, the TCEQ conducted the first removal action to install a fence around the former process area. From September 2007 to March 2010, the TCEQ conducted a second removal action which included excavation and disposal of contaminated soils to address ongoing sources of contamination and onsite resident exposure to contaminated soils.

From October 2014 to January 2015 the TCEQ conducted a third removal action, which included excavation and disposal of contaminated soils, sediments, and pond surface water from the site.

Current Status

The site is currently in the remedial investigation/feasibility study phase. The TCEQ continues to sample surface water, sediment, soil, fish/invertebrates and groundwater to develop and analyze potential cleanup alternatives for the site. An Affected Property Assessment Report documenting the results of the remedial investigation at the site will be prepared after the investigation is complete.

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