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Location DB > United States > Arkansas > Fort Smith > U.S. Forgecraft
U.S. Forgecraft
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created by istakebroad on 9/23/2007 1:17 PM
last modified by istakebroad on 12/5/2008 4:03 AM
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United States Forgecraft Corporation made parts for parachutes and other fall protection systems. In the process of making these parts, the company used cadmium, cyanide, and hexavalent chromium.

 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: forget it
 Physical Information

Fort Smith, Arkansas
United States
  • asbestos
  • rust
  • unsafe flooring
  • air quality
  • locals
  •  Interesting Features
    Similar to many locations... every room has a different story and nearly every room is interesting. If you manage to make it out to the back deck and squeeze through the mass of nature that's covering it up, there's a wonderful view of the Arkansas river.
     Security Measures
  • fences
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1972
    Closed: 2002
     Required Equipment
  • flashlight
  •  Recommended Equipment
    camera and tripod
    An Arkansas Department of Pollution Control and Ecology document dated May 20, 1997 reads: “Analysis indicates a release of cadmium, hexavalent chromium, nickel, and cyanide to the environment has occurred.”

    The document also noted several violations, including failure to properly store hazardous waste, failure to have a hazardous waste storage permit, and failure to operate the facility to minimize the risk of a fire, explosion, or release of hazardous waste that could threaten human health or the environment.

    Forgecraft filed for bankruptcy in 2002 and sent a letter to the state saying that it no longer had assets or employees to address the emergency conditions at the facility.

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     Future Plans
    At this time, the state's clean up efforts are at somewhat of a standstill. ADEQ has asked for financial assistance from the Environmental Protection Agency, and ADEQ is currently waiting for the EPA to respond to that request for help.

    The state has already spent $69,000 on the clean up at the old U.S. Forgecraft building. Officials expect the removal of the hazardous wastes to cost another $200,000-$250,000.

    Recently demolished. :[

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    U.S. Forgecraft: Trip #1
    Tue, Sep 25th, 2007
    posted by istakebroad
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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Opheliaism on 10/5/2009 4:31 PM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Oct 5 09 at 16:31, Opheliaism validated this location
  • on Dec 5 08 at 6:42, Steed validated this location
  • on Dec 5 08 at 4:03, istakebroad changed the following: Future Plans
  • on Dec 5 08 at 4:02, istakebroad made this location public
  • on Dec 5 08 at 4:01, istakebroad changed the following: Status, Recommendation, Future Plans
  • on Oct 19 07 at 15:00, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Oct 19 07 at 10:39, istakebroad changed the following: Hazards
  • on Oct 19 07 at 4:49, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Oct 19 07 at 0:52, istakebroad changed the following: Year Built
  • on Oct 17 07 at 18:48, Emperor Wang validated this location
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