Texas Superfund Site: Malone Service Co - Swan Lake Plant
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Malone Service Co - Swan Lake Plant
This site is not a Federal Facility.
Malone ServicesCO.1EPA Publication Date: September 7, 2005
Texas City, Texas
Epa Id# Txd980864789
Site ID: 0602922
Epa Region 6
Congressional District 09
Other names: Swan Lake Facility
Updated: August 2005
Texas City, Texas, at 5300 Campbell Bayou Road. The site is located in an
industrial and petrochemical area, on the shores of Swan Lake and Galveston
Bay, approximately 1.6 miles southeast of the intersection of Loop 197 and
State Highway 3.
the nearest residential area. An estimated 10,000 people live and/or work
within a three-mile radius of the site.
Setting: The MSC was a reclamation, storage and disposal facility for waste oils and
chemicals that included acid and caustic compounds, solvents, and gasoline and
crude oil tank bottoms.
(northeastern portion of the Site) of the 150 acre site were developed for the
storage, processing and disposal of industrial hazardous wastes. The developed
acreage contains numerous waste handling areas; which include storage tanks,
2 API separators, a ±5 acre settling pond, a closed ±0.5 acre waste collection
pond, and two(2) deep subsurface injection wells. The remaining undeveloped
50 acres (northwestern portion of the Site) contain a ±7 acre storm water
Galveston Bay and Swan Lake border the northeast and east sides of the site.
Industrial and waste disposal facilities are located outside the northwestern and
western boundaries of the Site. The southwestern, southern and southeastern
boundaries of the facility border on marsh land/wetlands.
sand to form the primary aquifer of concern below the site. Due to its shallow
nature and its high chloride and Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) content, this
aquifer is not a drinking water source. The channel sands trend northwest to
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southeast, and merge midpoint within the facility. Ground water flow appears
to be northwest to southeast, into Galveston Bay.
pond were excavated through the shallow channel sand aquifer and into the
underlying clay layer, and therefore, the wastewater ponds supply/supplied
contaminants to the shallow ground water.
the northwestern portion of the facility, several areas on the western and
southwestern portions of the Site collect the remaining surface water runoff.
Following testing, this stormwater is either discharged into Galveston Bay or
deep well injected.
underlies the site from approximately 100 feet to 1100 feet below ground
Wastes and Volumes
chemical wastes in the form of liquids, sludges and solids present in the above ground storage
tanks, the API separators, the settling pond, and the surface soils of some of the secondary
containment areas on the site.
preparations; contaminated residues and solvents removed from processing and storage units
during cleaning operations; spent drilling fluids, including drilling muds and brines, from well
workover and exploration activities; acids containing metals from etching and plating
operations; inorganic slurries from sump cleaning; gasoline and crude oil tank bottoms;
contaminated earth and water from chemical spill cleanup operations; general industrial plant
wastes; phenolic tars; and waste oils.
substances occurring at the Site. The settling pond is located within a sand channel. The limits
of the pond on the north and south appear to coincide with the approximate limits of the sand
channel; the east and west ends are exposed to the sand channel. The operator had indicated
the east and west ends of the pond had been sealed with clay, apparently to prevent
contaminants from entering the ground water. However, ground water and pond constituent
characterization indicate that the sand channel has been impacted by the ponds.
Natural Resource Conservation
Commission (TNRCC)(now the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)
inspection indicated that hazardous substances originally found in the impoundment and API
separator in the 1980's field sampling had been released to the underlying aquifer. Chemical
analysis of Galveston Bay sediments (adjacent to the Site) determined the presence of
chromium and lead; it has yet to be determined if this is related to the Site.
will be determined during the Remedial Investigation (RI)/Feasibility Study (FS).
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Texas City, Texas
Malone Service Company
Site Assessment and Ranking
NPL LISTING HISTORY
Site HRS Score: 50
Proposed Date: 8/24/00
Final Date: 6/14/01
NPL Update 2
Site Map and Diagram
The Remediation Process
separators, one hazardous waste pond (and one which was recently closed), a stormwater pond,
and a rainwater runoff collection and discharge area.
The facility operated from 1964 until 1997. MSC was originally permitted as a waste oil
reclamation facility, but later added hazardous waste underground injection/disposal wells.
Wastes were received by the facility from a variety of industries. Wastes from the reclamation
process were disposed down the onsite deep injection wells.
received incoming wastes. The larger pit, which served as a settling pond, was used for wastes
with high solids and /or water content. The oil fraction would rise to the surface of the large pit
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where it was skimmed off and pumped to a smaller oil pit (which is closed). Oils in the oil pit
were then pumped to one of several tanks for treatment. The oil was then resold as waste oil
for energy recovery.
the pond and pit were never cleaned/removed, hazardous liquid wastes and solids still remain in
the open large pit and closed small oil pit. Oils separated in the two API units were pumped to
holding/treatment tanks; waste water was pumped to the injection wells for disposal and the
solids were sent to an offsite hazardous waste landfill for disposal.
within the Site; runoff on the undeveloped acreage is collected in the southwest stormwater
pond. In the past, this collected runoff from within the Site was analyzed and discharged to
Galveston Bay or injected dependent on analytical results. Presently, this runoff is managed as
it was in the past.
wastes in the area of the inactive five acre impoundment and the 100 Unit Separator.
NPL on June 14, 2001.
Natural Resource Conservation Commission contractors conducted periodic inspections
of stormwater controls at the site and maintained stormwater capacity in ponds and separators
at the site. This responsibility has been assumed by EPA Removal. Stormwater runoff is
directed to one collection point within the Site, analyzed, and dependent on analytical results,
discharged to Galveston Bay or injected into the onsite deep injection/disposal well.
Notice Letters to major generators (those who contributed 0.6% or greater
of total waste delivered to the Site) and the current owner.Several of the Potentially
Responsible Parties (PRPs) have formed a steering committee (the Malone Cooperating Parties
(MCP)) and have signed the Administrative Order on Consent (AOC) to conduct the Remedial
Investigation and the Feasibility Study (RI/FS).
on June 29, 2005. Mobilization to the site to conduct the investigation to determine risk and
nature and extent of contamination was conducted in mid July. Field work to collect
ground/surface water, soils, sediment and sludge samples is on-going and is scheduled to be
completed the end of September.
No Public Informational Meetings will be held until
sufficient information is available to answer possible community concerns, which would most
probably be in 2006.
site have beenfound in Galveston Bay sediments. Hazardous constituents may exist in surface
water runoff. The Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study will be conducted to determine the
extent of contamination at and below the surface of this Site and Galveston Bay.
Record of Decision
EPA is in the Remedial
Investigation/Feasibility study Stage,
Record of Decision has been signed for this
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Site assessment process.
Technical Assistance Grant
Notice:August 30, 2000, June 25, 2001
Scenic Galveston, Inc.
20 Colony Park Circle
Galveston, TX 77551
Notice: May 9, 2003, Texas City Sun & Galveston County Daily
SOW. EPA contractor work plan available approximately
Mail Code: 6SF
Present Status and Issues
EPA and the PRPs are presently working on amending the AOC to incorporate the recently
approved Statement of Work for storm water management at the Site.
assessment, a Proposed Plan will provide the Agency's proposed remedial action for the site.
The remedial action decided upon will be presented in a Record of Decision (ROD) following
public meetings and public comment. The ROD will present the cleanup measures determined
to be protective of human health and the environment.
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