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Superfund Site Report: FRENCH, LTD.
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  • Site Description
    Stage of Clean-up: Construction Completed

    Conditions at listing (October 1981): The French, Ltd., site is an abandoned waste pit on 15 acres in Crosby, Harris County, Texas. It is in the floodplain of the San Jacinto River and has been flooded on several occasions. The site received approximately 100,000 barrels of industrial waste per year between 1966 and 1972. Wastes included HEAVY METALS, phenols, PCBS, OIL, grease, acids, and solvents. During litigation with the State over violation of environmental law, the company declared bankruptcy and deeded the site to the State in 1973. No wastes have been disposed of at the site since then. The pit is located in permeable sands, and ground water is contaminated, as well as adjacent drainage ditches which discharge to the San Jacinto River. Low levels of contamination were measured in the air in the immediate vicinity of the pit. Status (July 1983): In April 1982, EPA awarded a $437,000 Cooperative Agreement to Texas for a remedial investigation to determine the type and extent of contamination at the site and a feasibility study to identify alternatives for remedial action. The work is scheduled to be completed in the fourth quarter of 1983. In March 1983, EPA added $29,668 to the award.  More...

    Sources of Contamination:
    • Lagoon disposal
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  • Threats and Contaminants
    Contaminants Detected

    Air Soil Other
    KETONES  X  

    Groundwater and Drinking Water

    Were drinking water wells shut down due to contamination? No
    Are drinking water wells potentially threatened? Yes
    Population served by the threatened wells: 101 - 500
    Aquifer discharges into: A drinking water aquifer
    Population served by water wells in the aquifer: 101 - 500
    List ground water uses.
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  • Pre-Cleanup Rankings
    EPA Hazard Ranking System scores for FRENCH, LTD.:

    Less Hazard National Average More Hazard
    0%         50%         100%

    Overall site:
    Surface water migration:
    Ground water migration:
    Air migration:

    Rank Superfund sites in the U.S., TEXAS, or in HARRIS County by EPA Hazard Ranking Scores.

    *Note: EPA's Hazard Ranking System is designed to screen and prioritize sites for the Superfund program, based on limited data available at time of listing. These scores are not based on a comprehensive risk assessment of the site and do not reflect conditions after initiation of cleanup work.
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  • Site Information
    Site Name: FRENCH, LTD.
    EPA ID: TXD980514814
    CROSBY, TX 77532
    Site Ownership: Other
    Category of Site: Pure Lagoons
    Date of Final Listing on the NPL: September 08, 1983
    List Standard Industrial Classifications (SIC) associated with current and past activities at the FRENCH, LTD. Superfund site.
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  • Potentially Responsible Party (PRP) Involvement
    Number of PRPs currently associated with this site: 4
    Hazardous waste received from off-site generators/transporters? Yes
    Number of past and present PRPs who contributed less than 1% of the waste: 2 - 10
    Number of owners/operators which are also municipalities: 0
    Percent of waste at the site that is municipal solid waste: 1 - 10%

    List Potentially Responsible Parties identified by U.S. EPA as associated with the FRENCH, LTD. Superfund site.
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