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Wortham Lead Salvage

This former lead-acid battery recycling operation in Henderson County was remediated by Potentially Responsible Parties (PRPs) under TCEQ supervision. No further Superfund environmental response actions are required.

Site Summary

The site is located on approximately 1.3 acres at the northeast corner of the intersection of U.S. Highway 175 and County Road 2938 near the town of Mabank, Texas. Wortham Lead Salvage used the site for an unpermitted lead acid battery salvage operation for a nine-month period in 1980. During this period of operation, unauthorized releases of battery acids and discarded battery pieces impregnated with lead resulted in contamination in site soils.

The TCEQ proposed the site to the Superfund registry in 1986. The subsequent remedial investigation conducted by the TCEQ confirmed lead contamination in site soils that required remediation. PRPs agreed to clean up the site in 1996 .

Remedial actions at the site consisted of excavation, stabilization and disposal of 2,880 cubic yards of impacted soils and investigation derived waste; sampling and characterization of off-site soils and sediments; sampling and recordation of the remaining lead concentrations in the soils and sediments following excavation; and the restoration of excavated areas to ensure positive drainage. All removed materials were transported off-site to a permitted disposal facility. Cleanup was completed and the TCEQ deleted the site from the registry in 1998.


No further Superfund environmental response actions are required.

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