Comment Period Extended for Houston Superfund Site

New deadline is Sept. 23, 2013

EPA Public Comment Period Houston Superfund Site Proposal Extension

In response to a community request during an Aug. 6, 2013, public meeting, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is extending the public comment period for the proposed cleanup plan amendment for the South Cavalcade Street Superfund Site in Houston. The comment period will now conclude on Sept. 23, 2013. 

The extension for public comment will allow the community more time to review the agency’s proposal and provide input to shape the proposed plan. EPA will conduct additional outreach with the community during this timeframe to share information and answer questions.

The proposed plan includes:

  • Installation of additional monitoring wells and verification of the boundaries of the contaminated groundwater plume;
  • Conducting long-term groundwater monitoring to ensure early warning if the contaminated groundwater plume get larger; and
  • Restricting access or use of groundwater within the contaminated plume.

The South Cavalcade Street Superfund Site is a former wood-treating site used from 1910 to 1962. The operations resulted in soils and groundwater being contaminated with hydrocarbons, benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, xylene and metals (arsenic, chromium, copper, lead and zinc).

 EPA, in consultation with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, will select a final remedy for the site after considering all information submitted during the public comment period. The proposed action may be modified based on any new pertinent information received through public comments. EPA's plan will be documented in a Record of Decision (ROD) amendment and available for public review. A detailed response to public comments will also be included with the ROD amendment.

Groundwater at the site is not used as a drinking water source; residents receive their water from the city of Houston’s local lakes.

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