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May 16, 2013

Big John’s Salvage-Hoult Road site cleanup set

Contaminated with hazardous wastes from decades of industrial activity

FAIRMONT — Cleanup plans are in the works for the Big John’s Salvage-Hoult Road site in Fairmont.

This property is next to the Sharon Steel Corp.-Fairmont Coke Works site, which is in its final stages of remediation, on Fairmont’s East Side in the Winfield District. Both are part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Federal Superfund Program, which allows them to qualify for federal cleanup dollars.

The Big John’s Salvage property, which became a Superfund site in 2000, measures 38 acres and is found by the East bank of the Monongahela River. The site was once used as a tar processing and refining facility, and later as a metal, glass and oil salvaging operation, where waste hazardous materials were accepted.

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