Superfund Site Profile


Current Site Status

The Remedial Action and cleanup was completed according to the requirements of the Record of Decision and there is no longer a threat to human health and the environment.  Institutional controls (i.e., deed restrictions) are in place and have been recorded at the local county offices to ensure that the Site’s use remains industrial/commercial. Operation and maintenance activities and monitoring are ongoing.

Site Background

The 17-acre Palmer Barge Line site is located on Pleasure Inlet, 4.5 miles east-northeast of Port Arthur in Jefferson County, Texas. The site, along with the adjacent properties to the north and south, was used as a municipal landfill for Port Arthur from 1956 to 1987. Between 1982 and 1997, a barge-cleaning company also operated on site. Facility operations contaminated soil and groundwater with hazardous chemicals. Following the site’s cleanup, EPA took the site off the Superfund program’s National Priorities List (NPL) in 2012.

National Priorities Listing (NPL) History
Proposal Date: March 06, 1998
Final Listing Date: July 28, 1998
Population: Approximately 61,000 people live in the City of Port Arthur.
Setting: The owner is currently using the Site as an industrial property and land use surrounding the Site is industrial.