W&M conducted Phase I ESAs and Phase II investigations of several properties owned by various industries, including TXU Energy Company in Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas. The properties are located in an area being redeveloped by the Tarrant County College District (TCCD) for their downtown campus. The area is heavily developed with a number of industries and potential sources of contamination including several landfills, two power plants, a lead smelter, former gasoline stations and a residential community. The TCCD campus is considered an anchor for the downtown redevelopment project known as the Trinity River Vision.
The Phase I and Phase II ESAs indicated that the Site had been impacted by VOCs and metals. As a result, W&M completed the Innocent Owner/Operator Programs (IOP) application, conducted soil and groundwater sampling, worked with the TCEQ case coordinator, and completed the IOP report documentation (namely the Site Investigation Report or SIR). The sampling and data evaluation by W&M clearly demonstrated to the TCEQ that the Site had not "caused or contributed" to the contamination and the Site was subsequently granted Innocent Owner Certificates (IOC) for several properties. Other contaminated properties were granted closure through the VCP after submitting the appropriate Affected Property Assessment Reports (APARs) and conducting additional investigation or remediation.
The Sites were issued the appropriate regulatory closure certificates and the properties are currently undergoing development. The downtown campus and the Trinity River Vision are considered very important developments for the future of downtown Fort Worth. The project was completed in a timely manner and within the proposed budget. W&M’s expertise with the TCEQ at similar IOP and VCP sites was very helpful in the successful completion of this project.