Brio Refining, Inc. Superfund site Geography City Unincorporated area surrounded by the cities of Houston, Pearland, and Friendswood County Harris County State Texas Coordinates 29°34′27″N 95°12′33″W / 29.5743°N 95.2093°WCoordinates: 29°34′27″N 95°12′33″W / 29.5743°N 95.2093°W Brio Refining, Inc. Information CERCLIS ID TXD980625453 Contaminants 1,1,2-trichloroethane 1,2-dichloroethene 1,1-dichloroethane 1,2-dichloroethane 1,1-dichloroethene vinyl chloride phenanthrene fluoranthene bis-(2-chloroethyl) ether Responsible parties Brio Site Task Force Progress Proposed October 15, 1984 Listed March 31, 1989 Construction completed April 28, 2004 Deleted December 28, 2006 List of Superfund sites The Brio Superfund site is a former industrial location in Harris County, Texas at the intersection of Beamer Road and Dixie Farm Road, about 16 miles (26 km) southeast of downtown Houston, and adjacent to the Dixie Oil Processors Superfund site. It is a federal Superfund site, although it was deleted from the National Priorities List in December 2006. A neighboring residential subdivision called South Bend, now abandoned, was located along and north of the northern boundary of Brio North. The former South Bend neighborhood consisted of about 670 homes, an elementary school, and a Little League baseball field. Documents pertaining to the Brio Superfund site are located at the San Jacinto College South Campus Library, which houses Brio Site Repository Documents, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrative Records, and documents concerning the adjoining Dixie Oil Processors site. Site history and contamination The 58-acre Brio Refinery site was home to several chemical companies between 1957 and 1982, when the owner, Brio Refinery Inc. declared bankruptcy and ceased operations. During that period, the site had been used for copper recovery and petroleum re-refining, typically the processing of tar, sludge, and other residue from oil tanks and other sources, as also occurred at the adjacent Dixie Oil Processors site. Throughout the years, at both sites, unprocessed petroleum and waste materials were stored in 12 large earthen pits, ranging from 14 to 32 feet deep and extending into porous
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