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Jasper Creosoting Company

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Site Description

The Jasper Creosoting Company Site, an 11-acre site located in Jasper, TX, is an abandoned creosote plant in a mixed rural and suburban area. From 1946 until 1992, the facility discharged wastewater from the wood treatment process directly into an off-site drainage ditch, contaminating the soil, sediment, and groundwater with semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs), polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), pentachlorophenol (PCP) and dioxins/furans.

The site has been divided into three Areas of Concern (AOC). AOC #1 is the existing capped and fenced onsite disposal cell, which contains approximately 14,000 cubic yards of contaminated material. AOC #2 is a drainage ditch adjacent to the site along the eastern boundary and an adjoining wetland area. AOC #3 addresses contaminated ground water. Elevated concentrations of PAHs, PCP and dioxins/furans have been detected in soils in the waste cell, and sediments in the adjacent ditch and the adjoining wetland.

Current Site Status and Cleanup Actions to Date

  • In 1996, EPA dismantled the existing tanks, structures and equipment, removed liquid wastes and contaminated soils from the site, drained the on-site impoundments, stabilized the remaining sludge, and consolidated the sludge and contaminated soil into an on-site waste cell. The waste cell is approximately 1.0 acre in area, is fenced with posted warning signs, and contains an estimated volume of 14,000 cubic yards.
  • In July 1998, the site was placed on the National Priority List (NPL).
  • In 1999, EPA conducted a second time critical Removal Action to address surface erosion on the on-site waste cell.
  • EPA initiated an Engineering Evaluation/Cost Analysis (EE/CA) in September 2000 to investigate contamination in the onsite waste cell (AOC #1) and the adjoining wetland area (AOC #2).
  • In September 2001, EPA signed an action memorandum to conduct a non-time critical Removal Action for AOC #1 and AOC #2. This removal action proposes to use thermal desorption to clean the contaminated soils within and adjacent to the waste cell.
  • In June 2004, EPA completed the fieldwork for a Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study (RI/FS) and baseline risk assessment at the site. The primary focus of the RI/FS was to determine the extent of contamination in soil and ground water and to propose actions for mitigation. The final RI/FS report is scheduled for December 2004.
  • EPA's actions taken to date have considerably lessened the potential for human health or environmental exposure. EPA has determined that this site does not pose an immediate threat to human health, and will continue to monitor this site for changes that may trigger additional action.

Current Funding Status

  • EPA has spent approximately $3,384,000 on work associated with the previous Removal Action, the Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study (RI/FS) and Remedial Design (RD). However, the non-time critical Removal Action was not funded in Fiscal Year 2004. A final ROD for the site is scheduled for September 2005. After signature of the ROD, funding new work at this site will be determined.
  • The EPA has determined that the site does not pose an immediate threat to human health, and will continue to monitor this site for any changes that may trigger additional action.

For more information on the projects at this site, please read the Jasper Creosoting Company Fact Sheet (PDF) (98 K, 7 pp) on the Region 6 Superfund Web site.

Key Accomplishments

  • EPA completed a time critical removal action at the site in June 1996 to reduce the immediate risks posed by the site.
  • The site was placed on the National Priority List (NPL) in July 1998.
  • EPA signed an action memorandum on September 25, 2001, to conduct a non-time critical removal action addressing Areas of Concern (AOC) #1 and #2 at the site.
  • All Remedial Investigation fieldwork was completed in June 2004, and a final RI/FS report is scheduled for December 2004. The Record of Decision (ROD) for the site is scheduled for September 2005 and will address AOC #1, #2 and #3 at the site.

 

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