Star Lake Canal NPL Site

State TrusteeFederal TrusteeAO Bureau

Also Known As

None

Incident Type

Chemical

State

Texas

Case Status

Assessment

Location

adjacent to the Neches River

Authority

Contaminants of Concern Include

Affected DOI Resources Include

Migratory Birds

Case Description

The Star Lake Canal Superfund Site (Site) is located in Port Neches, Texas, in industrial city adjacent to the Neches River. Huntsman Petrochemical Corporation and Chevron Environmental Management Corporation have conducted industrial operations in areas surrounding the Site since the early 1940s. Initial construction of industrial facilities occurred under the direction of the United States government during World War II, and subsequent operations have continued through the present. Wastewater effluents from these operations were routed to the Site through Jefferson Canal and Star Lake Canal which were excavated in the late 1940s and flow into Molasses Bayou the confluence of the Neches River. Elevated concentrations of chromium, copper, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in the canal sediments and elevated concentrations of copper, PAHs, and pesticides in the Molasses Bayou wetlands have been documented to within 1/4-mile of where the Molasses Bayou, Star Lake Canal, and Neches River converge. Sabine Lake is used as a fishery and produced more than 1 million pounds of fish and shellfish in 1996. The land use surrounding the Site is industrial, residential, and recreational. Releases from the site have potentially injured upland riparian habitat, saltwater marsh, migratory birds, waterfowl, fish, sediments and fresh and marine aquatic habitat and surface water. The Trustees are working with the responsible parties to quantify natural resource injuries to these resources and restoration opportunities.

Case Documents


 Document TypeDocument NameDocument Date

Factsheet

 Factsheet Star Lake Canal NPL 02/01/2007

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Case Contact

Texas Coastal Ecological Services Field Office

17629 El Camino Real #211, Houston, TX 77058 | (281) 286-8282 | http://www.fws.gov/southwest/es/TexasCoastal/

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