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Location DB > United States > West Virginia > Clarksburg > Fourco Glass Company
Fourco Glass Company
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created by Turd Furgusen on 10/10/2006 7:53 PM
last modified by Turd Furgusen on 10/12/2006 3:05 PM
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Explorable parts of the factory indlude the storage silos and a portion of the adjacent building that contained the blast furnace. The roof of the silos is accessable via a still somewhat stable metal stairway.
 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Being Demolished
Accessibility: Moderate
Recommendation: not very exciting
 Physical Information

Clarksburg, West Virginia
United States
Owner: Used Tire Business
  • asbestos
  • rust
  • unsafe flooring
  •  Interesting Features
    Sits between an abandoned railway and a river. View from the top of the silos includeds 2 other abandoned glass factories. Also at the base of one of the silos is some sort of stalagmite that is composed out of whatever (silica, sand, etc.) was left in the silo.
     Security Measures
  • dogs
  • part-time guard
  • welded doors
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1910
    Closed: 1986
     Required Equipment
  • flashlight
  • binoculars
  • head protection
  •  Recommended Equipment

    Fourco Glass Company owned and operated the facility from 1910 to 1979 and Asahi owned and operated the facility from 1979 to 1986. The Site was purchased by Princeton Enterprises in 1986 and all the buildings except two stacks and an empty storage building were dismantled.

    Fourco owned and operated 3 glass plants in Clarksburg.
     Media Coverage
    Threats and Contaminants
    Constituents of concern identified at the Site are arsenic and lead in the soils. Arsenic was identified on site in concentrations ranging from 5.8 mg/kg to 14,900 mg/kg. Lead was identified in concentrations between 14 mg/kg to 1,790 mg/kg.

    Cleanup Progress
    Cleanup on the industrial portion of the former glass manufacturing is almost complete. A Final Report has been submitted by the PRP and is under EPA Review.

    As far as the residential portion of the cleanup, the EPA is preparing to collect soil samples from residential lawns located northeast of the site property, in the drainage pathway of the former glass manufacturer. There is elevated arsenic at at least one location on an undeveloped residential property, downgradient of the former site. Additional sampling, in an off site storm drain near where the sample of concern was taken, confirmed that elevated levels of arsenic and lead were present beyond the industrial parcel.

    Because these elevated levels of arsenic and lead have been found in an off-site area, EPA wants to take additional soil samples on residential properties east of the former site where contamination may have migrated due to stormwater runoff. Both lead and arsenic pose potential health risks to people and animals who are exposed to them at high levels or for extended periods of time. If an unacceptable risk is found, EPA will take action to protect public health and the environment.

     Future Plans
    Appears to have been half demolished in the last 5-10 years. Odd that they didn't finish, most likely this place will be sit around decaying for quite some time.

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    Sept. 06 Trip
    Tue, Oct 10th, 2006
    posted by Turd Furgusen
    10 pictures
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    Consolation Prize
    Thu, Oct 12th, 2006
    posted by Oherian
    20 pictures

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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Emperor Wang on 10/12/2006 5:26 PM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Oct 12 06 at 17:26, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Oct 12 06 at 15:05, Turd Furgusen changed the following: History, Year Built, Year Closed, Media Coverage, Web Links
  • on Oct 12 06 at 13:09, Oherian updated gallery picture Fourco_004
  • on Oct 12 06 at 12:54, Oherian changed the following: Description
  • on Oct 12 06 at 12:54, Oherian changed the following: Display Name, Interesting Features
  • on Oct 12 06 at 12:49, Oherian updated gallery picture Fourco_080
  • on Oct 12 06 at 12:48, Oherian updated gallery picture Fourco_074
  • on Oct 12 06 at 12:48, Oherian updated gallery picture Fourco_072
  • on Oct 12 06 at 12:48, Oherian updated gallery picture Fourco_071
  • on Oct 12 06 at 12:48, Oherian updated gallery picture Fourco_068
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