Stage of Clean-up: Study Underway
Conditions at Proposal (September 29, 1998): The Many Diversified Interests, Inc., (MDI) site is located approximately 1/4 mile south of Interstate Highway 10, and 2 miles east of downtown Houston, Texas. The city of Houston is located in the southeast portion of the state of Texas. Residential areas are adjacent to the east, west, and north sides of the site. Industrial areas are adjacent to the south side of the site. Steel casting operations began at the site in 1926 under the company name Texas Electric Steel Casting Company (TESCO). Primary operations included manufacturing specialty molds and casting specialty steel parts. During the 1980s, a portion of the site was leased to Can-Am Resources Group (Can-Am) to operate a spent catalyst recycling operation. Can-Am reportedly purchased 4,236 drums of spent catalyst material from refineries and chemical plants, and stored the drums on the leased portion of the site. By 1988, the catalyst recycling operations ceased, and the stored drums were abandoned on site. In February 1991, TESCO ceased operations. MDI foreclosed on the site and later reopened as the San Jacinto Foundry (SJF), a subsidiary of MDI. MDI filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy on May 20, 1992, and SJF ceased facility operations on approximately June 1, 1992. Samples were collected by the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission in 1994. More...