Current Site Information
EPA Region 3 (Mid-Atlantic)West Virginia
EPA ID# WVD988790333
1st Congressional District
Last Update: March 2008
Current Site StatusAn assessment of the residential area outside of the industrial property is being conducted by EPA to determine if activities at the former glass manufacturing facility contributed to any elevated levels of arsenic in the soil
Site DescriptionThe Princeton Enterprises Site encompasses a former glass manufacturing facility located at the northwest corner of the intersection of North 26th Street and Adams Avenue in Clarksburg, Harrison County, West Virginia. The entire production facility is approximately six (6) acres in size and is bordered to the south, east and west by residential properties and to the north by railroad tracks. U.S. Route 50 is situated north of the tracks and runs parallel to them. A chain link fence restricts access to the parcel belonging to the former glass manufacturing facility, which operated from 1910 to 1986. 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. In 2007 the stacks were removed by the City of Clarksburg.
Site ResponsibilityCleanup of this site is the being addressed by a Potentially Responsible Party under an EPA Superfund Removal Order
NPL Listing HistoryThis Site is not on the National Priorities List
Threats and ContaminantsConstituent of concern identified at the Site is arsenic in the soils. Arsenic was originally identified on site in concentrations ranging from 5.8 mg/kg to 14,900 mg/kg.
Cleanup on the industrial portion of the former glass manufacturing is complete. A Final Report has been submitted by the PRP and approved by EPA.
Regarding the residential portion of the Site, EPA has collected background soil samples and soil samples from residential lawns located near the former facility to determine if water runoff and/or fugitive air emissions from the former plant property caused elevated arsenic levels in the soils.
Results of the assessment that will determine if there has been any impact on the soils in the surrounding neighborhood should be available by late Spring 2008.
Arsenic poses a potential health risks to people and animals who are exposed arsenic 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.