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SHARON STEEl/fairmont coke works

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The Sharon Steel/Fairmont Coke Works property is a Superfund Site with 97 acres total and 50 acres developable, only 3 miles away from the City Center and 2 miles from Interstate-79.

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Prior to 1973, coke production, waste treatment, and waste disposal operations took place on the site. These operations resulted in soil, surface water, and groundwater contamination.

 

To stabilize the site, an emergency removal action by EPA removed chemical containers, tanks and buildings, disposed of contaminated oil, and treated contaminated water.  EPA then added the site to the Superfund program's national priorities list in 1996. During a second removal action, ExxonMobil, the site's potentially responsible party (PRP), dug up waste materials and contaminated soils. Recycled high British Thermal Unit wastes excavated from on-site landfills were processed into a synthetic coal product used to generate more than 527,00 megawatts of electricity enough to power more than 42,000 typical West Virginian homes for one year. EPA selected the site's final remedy in December 2017. It includes limited groundwater treatment and monitoring, wetlands restoration, and institutional controls to limit site uses and restrict groundwater use. Implementation of the site's long-term remedy is ongoing.

 

EPA has worked closely with the community and the site's PRP to support redevelopment opportunities at the site. In May 1999, ExxonMobil, EPA, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, and local stakeholders, including the City of Fairmont, entered into a Project XL (eXcellence and Leadership) Agreement.

 

EPA's Project XL Program was a national pilot program developed to test innovative environmental management strategies to achieve better and more cost-effective environmental and public health protections. As part of the agreement, ExxonMobil agreed to undertake beneficial restorative actions that were beyond EPA's authority to require. In return, EPA agreed to provide regulatory flexibility within its discretion rather than strict adherence to the traditional Superfund process.

The sites's Project XL Agreement resulted in significant community engagement to determine the most appropriate future use for the site property. The community's reuse priorities for the site included public service, commercial, industrial and recreational uses. The locality then updated its zoning ordinance to reflect these priorities.

Ownership of the site was then conveyed to the Fairmont Coke Works Site Custodial Trust (FCT) to promote and facilitate its beneficial reuse. The state of West Virginia is the Trustee for the FCT. The first redevelopment project at the site, a troop headquarters for the West Virginia State Police, finished in April 2017. The 3-acre facility is located on the southern portion of the site. Looking forward, the state of West Virginia continues to work closely with the City of Fairmont and other local officials on opportunities to return other parts of the site property to productive use in a manner that fits well with community priorities.

In June 2018, EPA Region 3 recognized Enso Properties, LLC and ExxonMobil with its Excellence in Site Reuse Award for those who have supported the reuse of Superfund sites through outstanding efforts taht go above and beyond required cleanup.

Site Specifics

Access

Ideal Development

Site

History

3 miles away from City Center/Downtown

2 miles away from

Interstate-79

17 miles away from 

Morgantown, WV

50 developable acres

6" Water, 8"Sewer,

4" Gas

3 Phase Electric, Voice,

Data and TV Cable

located on site

Originally a fairground that developed into a WWI Army Post

Became home to a coke production plant in 1919.

Early example of deindustrialization associated with leveraged corporate buy-outs.

Site Improvements

Population

In June 2018, EPA Region 3 recognized Enso Properties, LLC and ExxonMobil with its Excellence in Site Reuse Award.

The first redevelopment project at the site, a troop headquarters for the West Virginia State Police, finished April 2017

793 people within 0.5 miles

15,936 people within 2.5 miles

62,588 people within 4 miles

304-366-6212 Ext. 312

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200 Jackson St

Fairmont, WV 26554

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