EPA Superfund Program: TEX-TIN CORP., TEXAS CITY, TX

Superfund Site Profile

Current Status

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 6 achieved Construction Completion for the Tex Tin Corporation Superfund Site with the signing of the Preliminary Closeout Report on September 20, 2004.  Construction cleanup activities have been completed for all four operable units that comprise the Tex Tin Superfund Site. A development company plans to use the site as a container facility to support the new Texas City megaport facility that will cost more than $600 million and add nearly 2,000 direct and indirect jobs to the area has purchased the former smelter property

Site Background

The 170-acre Tex-Tin Corp. site is located in Texas City, Texas, about 10 miles north of Galveston. A tin and copper smelter operated at the site from 1941 to 1989. The site contained numerous waste piles, five wastewater treatment ponds, open and closed acid ponds, slag piles, a permitted low-level radioactive waste landfill, and an inactive hydrocarbon recovery facility. Historical operations and waste disposal practices contaminated soil, sediment and groundwater with hazardous chemicals. Following cleanup, operation and maintenance activities and groundwater monitoring are ongoing.

National Priorities Listing (NPL) History

Proposal Date: June 17, 1996
Final Listing Date: September 18, 1998
Population: An estimated 25,000 people live within a three-mile radius of the site. 
Setting: The 170-acre Tex Tin site is a former tin and copper smelter.  The site contained numerous waste piles, five waste water treatment ponds, open and closed acid ponds, slag piles, a permitted low level radioactive waste landfill, and an inactive hydrocarbon recovery facility.  Industrial facilities are located north and west from the Site and marsh areas are located to the south.

TOPICS IN FOCUS

Cleanup of the former smelter facility and related properties addressed the source of contamination associated with the Tex Tin site and prevented the threat of potential site and off-site contamination to public health and the environment. The remedial action for the Swan Lake Salt Marsh Area will provide protection to ecological receptors in the marsh area and Swan Lake.  The remedial action will prevent potential releases of contaminated sediments to the environment.


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SITE STATUS

Construction
Complete?
Yes (09/20/2004)
Human Exposure
Status

Under Control
Contaminated Ground
Water Status
Under Control
Site-Wide Ready for
Anticipated Use?
Yes