Stage of Clean-up: Construction Completed
Conditions at listing (September 1983): The Geneva Industries/Fuhrmann Energy Corp. Site covers 13 acres in Houston, Texas. It is an abandoned petrochemical manufacturing and reprocessing facility. Five companies have owned the site since it began operation in 1970. The present owner (Fuhrmann) is salvaging the remaining equipment on-site. At least one of the previous owners used the facility to manufacture chlorinated biphenyls, PCBS, and phenoxy PHENOL. State and county officials have cited previous and/or present owners for permit violations, spills, and discharges. EPA and State testing has confirmed contamination of the shallow aquifer with PCBS, XYLENE, and other organic compounds, and releases of PCBS in surface run-off to an adjacent flood control channel. In June 1983, using $75,000 in CERCLA emergency funds, EPA fenced an area adjacent to the site where drums had been buried and tested an abandoned CHLORINE tank, which was confirmed to be empty. More...
Sources of Contamination:
- Lagoon disposal
- Landfarm/land treatment facility