Superfund Information Systems: Site Profile

Superfund Site:

GENEVA INDUSTRIES/FUHRMANN ENERGY
HOUSTON, TX

Cleanup Activities

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Background

The approximately 13.5-acres Geneva Industries is located at 9334 Canniff Road in Houston,Texas, less than one mile east of Interstate Highway-45 and approximately two miles east of Hobby Airport.  The site was historically used for petroleum exploration and petrochemical production and is currently inactive. The site is drained by the Harris County Flood Control District Channel, which runs along the eastern boundary of the site. 

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What Is the Current Site Status?

EPA continues to conduct five-year reviews of the site remedy.  These reviews ensure that the remedies put in place continues to protect human health and the environment.

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EPA’s Involvement at the Site

The EPA selected remedy included: excavation and off-site disposal polychlorinated biphenyls contaminated soils; capping of residual waste on-site with perimeter slurry wall; recovery and treatment of trichloroethylene contaminated ground water; and institutional controls.

 

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Activity and Use Limitations

At this site, activity and use limitations that EPA calls institutional controls are in place. Institutional controls play an important role in site remedies because they reduce exposure to contamination by limiting land or resource use. They also guide human behavior. For instance, zoning restrictions prevent land uses – such as residential uses – that are not consistent with the level of cleanup.

For more background, see Institutional Controls.

State Contact (TCEQ): Midori Campbell, 512-239-2077, Midori.Campbell@tceq.texas.gov

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Emergency Response and Removal

A removal was performed by EPA from October 1983 to February 1984 to close out all three lagoons, remove all drummed waste on the surface, remove all off-property soils containing greater than 50 ppm PCBs, install a cap over all on-property soils containing greater than 50 ppm PCBs, and improve site drainage.

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