Eastern Star Points to Unknown Disposition of Gasoline Storage Tank Buried at AISD Performing Arts Center and MORE

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05/29/2019

Kim Feil
409 N. Elm St
Arlington, TX 76011

RE: Public Records Request

Dear Kim Feil,

Here is an explanation of the reports provided in my previous communication:

The reports provided were completed for the property formerly addressed 1201 E. Division Street (now re-platted into addresses 900 E Sanford Street and 1201 E. Division Street) with the 2013 Brownfields Assessment Grant from the EPA, under previous ownership. Any further assessment of the site was not completed with these grant funds.

Sincerely,

ANN FOSS
Strategic Initiatives

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To: Helen Moise <helen.moise@arlingtontx.gov>; Cindy Powell <cpowell@aisd.net>; Gincy Thoppil <gincy.thoppil@arlingtontx.gov>
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Sent: Monday, June 3, 2019, 1:49:10 PM CDT
Subject: Re: Excerpts from Terracon Enviro pollution assessment Eastern Star Enviro -AISD should clean up first not build!
Regarding Phase 2 2014 site assessment for 1201 E Division…
Now that the Eastern Star is gone and the planned AISD Performing Arts Center is well underway, this email is of public record that you were forewarned. Gincy, please forward this to P&Z as ZA19-1 goes before P&Z 6/5/19 5:30 pm and then before council 6/25/19 6:30 pm.
Note the attached screen shot from phase 1 study identifies 30 LEAKING buried storage tanks of which 7 are less than 1/8 mile away.
storage tanks leaking uarter mi ester star
 
Note on another attachment (Phase 2 study) the ON SITE spike reading on BARIUM at 225 mg/kg…barium spike eastern star aisd
This is troubling in that the ATSDR says, “….a 2-year exposure to 200 mg barium/kg/day resulted in moderate to marked nephropathy”. 
Since there was two hospitals, improper disposal of medical waste related to x-rays, Barium Sulfate is plausible…. Inline image
Main Eastern Star Home structure with the east and west wings, a kitchen and dining room addition to the north, a hospital building to the southeast connected by a road, and one wash house, one stage coach house, two poultry houses, one dairy barn, one implements shed, stables and a structure housing a water well pump and an underground gasoline tank to the north of the main structure are depicted (1949); Main Eastern Star Home with two additions to the east wing, a hospital addition to the northeast, an addition to the west wing, a Grand Chapter Building (office) to the west of the main structure, and a dwelling, a power plant and 25,000-gallon capacity water tower to the north of the main structure are depicted (1968)”. 
Barium however, is mostly used by the oil & gas to make drilling mud and if any application was used as in mud farming there or blew in from neighboring drill sites, would also offer as another explanation.
Any Barium present in the soil blows around in this Texas wind and is a source exposure by inhalation.

A phase 2 excerpt reads of a concern for on site Arsenic and Lead:

Arsenic Lead Eastern Star aisd arlington
Both the original and duplicate soil samples exhibited concentrations of arsenic and lead above the applicable TRRP Tier 1 Critical PCLs for arsenic (5.9 mg/Kg) and lead (15 mg/kg); however the concentrations detected were within the 20% RPD. Based on the heterogeneous nature of metals concentrations in soils and laboratory interference associated with laboratory soil analysis, it is not uncommon to see 20% or greater RPDs for metals in soils. Furthermore, based on the soil analytical results with accompanying SPLP data, it does not appear the identified arsenic and lead soil concentrations are subject to TRRP“.
Here is the exoneration mechanism that is essentially a loophole denying actionable levels for clean up of that Arsenic & Lead
fail tceq tssb background soils
Texas Environment recently released a post Hurricane Harvey study about these laxed benchmarks lowering the bar and endangering public health. This is an easy to read resource that prefaces… “On average, for all chemicals targeted by both Texas and the EPA the strictest, Texas benchmarks allow soil pollution at a rate 13.94 times greater than the benchmarks used to score potential Superfund sites. Texas tolerates groundwater pollution at a rate 34.78 times higher.” 
Home Rule allows you to adopt the precautionary principle for starters. Phase 1 study says, “The 1963 Sanborn map indicated that the standalone carport was converted to a power plant and the underground gasoline tank was no longer depicted on-site”. It is alarming that a power plant may have sat over an abandoned and probably leaking gasoline storage tank (which would explain high lead count as we had unleaded gasoline historically). Phase 1 notes the inability to interview one of two witnesses part of the Eastern Star excavation process, it is my opinion that AISD and the City leaders fail to protect the health of students and faculty in not knowing the disposition of the buried storage tank.
If you take no action after digesting the reports and my cautions via this email, you are hiding behind lax thresholds of actionable clean up needs! The purpose of Home Rule is to be more protective of public health and adopt safer actionable levels of necessary clean up.
Phase 1 (see attached) identifies sensitive groups to pollution exposures (receptors)…..which includes schools …..
eastern star sensitive groups
and yet AISD Performing Art Center is going in this polluted area.
Of interest in the Phase 1 study was the list of all known pollution locations in the Orphan Summary (gasoline stations, GM, Barnett Shale, etc.) and note that 507 E Abram is on the Brownfield list.
Because of GM, the history of so many gasoline stations, paint & body shops along Division and now all the fracking sites, I consider Arlington to be setting the lowest bar of environmental stewardship and public health in the DFW area. Please redirect your course of inaction to environmental degradations under YOUR WATCH. Instruct your fire department that refused to participate in the 2013 study to respond and make it public information, and that clean ups take place at:
  1. the future home of our AISD Performing Arts Center,
  2. every identified Brownfield, MSDs, and that
  3. you take my earlier suggested preventive measures at our drill sites and compression station that would exceed the low benchmark at our state and federal levels in protecting Arlington citizens living near our urban drilling experiment.
Sincerely,
Kim Feil
On Friday, May 31, 2019, 6:52:12 PM CDT, kim feil <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net> selected excerpts from Phase 1 and BOLDFACED for emphasis…
“Based on the above information, it is Terracon’s opinion that the former on-site gasoline underground storage tank and former power plant located constitute recognized environmental conditions (RECs). …….

 

Records Review Selected federal and state environmental regulatory databases were reviewed. Six Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) petroleum storage tank (PST) facilities, 30 TCEQ leaking petroleum storage tank (LPST) facilities, 12 industrial hazardous waste (IHW) facilities, one IHW corrective action facility, one TIER 2 facility, nine financial assurance facilities, two groundwater contamination case (GCC) facilities, three voluntary cleanup program (VCP) facilities, three municipal designation settings (MSD) facilities, one solid waste landfill (SWF/LF) facility, two closed landfill inventory (CLI) facilities, one Historical cleaners (HIST Cleaners) facility, 28 Historical auto stations (HIST Auto Stat) facilities, one RCRA conditionally exempt small quantity generator (RCRA-CESQG) facility, five RCRA non-generator/ no longer regulated (NLR) facilities, one Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation-no further action planned (CERLA-NFRAP) facility, eight US Brownfields facilities and four federal information system (FINDS) facilities were identified within the specified search radii. The site was not identified during the regulatory database review. Vandergriff Body Shop, located at 901 East Division Street, is a west adjacent property and is listed on the Historical Auto Stat, Financial Assurance, FINDS, IHW, LPST, RCRA NonGen / NLR, PST databases. The RCRA Non-Gen/NLR database indicates the facility was a small quantity generator until 2006. The IHW database indicates the facility regularly uses and handles ignitable hazardous waste, cadmium, chromium, lead, benzene, chlorobenzene, dichlorobenzene, dichloroethane, tetrachloroethylene, trichloroethylene and ketones. No violations have been reported for the facility. Waste generated was reported as immersion cleaner, paint waste, spent solvent and aqueous waste cleaner. Based on the reviewed database information, it is Terracon’s opinion that the length of time Vandergriff Body Shop has been in operation (since 1966), proximity and the use of chlorinated solvents constitutes a REC to the site at this time. ……
 
Terracon attempted to contact Mr. Frank Stegient, a former worker on-site who also performed demolition of on-site structures and have not received a response to date. The absence of information from Mr. Stegient constitutes a data gap. 
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Vandergriff Body Shop has been located to the west of the site since at least the mid-1960s and is listed in the regulatory database a former small quantity generator, a petroleum storage tank (PST) and leaking PST (LPST) facility. The site is situated on a topographic hill and slopes to the east, towards Johnson Creek. The Vandergriff Body Shop and Quik Trip constitute RECs to the site, which are further discussed in Section 4.1. 

The on-site total BTEX concentrations ranged from 3.11 to 17.52 mg/kg for soil 

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Based on the reviewed database information and the length of time Vandergriff Body Shop has been in operation (since 1966), the use of chlorinated solvents constitute a REC to the site at this time.  

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One 10,000-gallon gasoline UST and one 500-gallon used oil UST were removed from the ground in 1990. No releases have been reported for the Quik Trip facility. Based on the length of operation, this facility constitutes a REC to the site.

The City of Arlington Fire Department was contacted by via the online Open Records Center on November 15, 2013 regarding environmental records or information indicating environmental concerns for the site. Terracon has not received a response from the Fire Department to date”. 

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About Kim Triolo Feil

Since TX Statute 253.005 forbids drilling in heavily settled municipalities, I unsuccessfully ran for City Council Seat to try to enforce this. Since Urban Drilling, our drinking water has almost tripled for TTHM's. Before moving to Arlington in 1990, I lived in Norco’s “cancer alley”, a refinery town. It was only after Urban Drilling in Arlington did I start having health effects. After our drill site was established closest to my home, the chronic nosebleeds started. I know there are more canaries here in Arlington having reactions to our industrialized airshed (we have 55-60 padsites of gas wells). Come forward and report to me those having health issues especially if you live to the north/northwest of a drill site so I can map your health effects on this blog. My youtube account is KimFeilGood. FAIR USE NOTICE: THIS SITE MAY CONTAIN COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL THE USE OF WHICH HAS NOT ALWAYS BEEN SPECIFICALLY AUTHORIZED BY THE COPYRIGHT OWNER. MATERIAL FROM DIVERSE AND SOMETIMES TEMPORARY SOURCES IS BEING MADE AVAILABLE IN A PERMANENT UNIFIED MANNER, AS PART OF AN EFFORT TO ADVANCE UNDERSTANDING OF THE SOCIAL JUSTICE ISSUES ASSOCIATED WITH EMINENT DOMAIN AND THE PRIVATIZATION OF PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE (AMONG OTHER THINGS). IT IS BELIEVED THAT THIS IS A 'FAIR USE' OF THE INFORMATION AS ALLOWED UNDER SECTION 107 OF THE US COPYRIGHT LAW. IN ACCORDANCE WITH TITLE 17 USC SECTION 107, THE SITE IS MAINTAINED WITHOUT PROFIT FOR THOSE WHO ACCESS IT FOR RESEARCH AND EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES. FOR MORE INFORMATION, SEE: HTTP://WWW.LAW.CORNELL.EDU/ TO USE MATERIAL REPRODUCED ON THIS SITE FOR PURPOSES THAT GO BEYOND 'FAIR USE', PERMISSION IS REQUIRED FROM THE COPYRIGHT OWNER INDICATED WITH A NAME AND INTERNET LINK AT THE END OF EACH ITEM. (NOTE: THE TEXT OF THIS NOTICE WAS ALSO LIFTED FROM CORRIDORNEWS.BLOGSPOT.COM)
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