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Exxon Fairmont Coke Works

Neighbor Letter

January 29, 1999

Dear Neighbor:

You probably have noticed the demolition activity in progress at the Fairmont Coke Works site (the former Sharon Steel plant). Exxon is working with the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the West Virginia Division of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) to investigate and clean up the site. As part of the cleanup, Exxon has begun the demolition of all the structures, except for the administration building at the Lafayette Street gate, which we are using as an office for our contractors. I want to take this opportunity to share with you the work progress to date and the plans for the next few months.

Two work activities are in progress at the site. Our contractors have removed asbestos insulation and siding from the coke ovens and from the coke and coal-handling area. They expect to finish removing asbestos from the rest of the structures by mid-February. To ensure the health and safety of both workers and neighbors, they are closely following OSHA procedures, which include air monitoring for airborn asbestos inside the structures and downwind. They report there have not been any exceedances of OSHA standards outside of any of the structures.

Demolition of the coke ovens is in progress and should be completed by the end of January. You may have noticed that the large tower next to the coke ovens has been removed. Demolition at the coke and coal handling area will be conducted in February, after which demolition of the rest of the buildings at the site will proceed. Throughout the demolition work, steel will be cut and hauled out for recycling.

The concrete building foundations at the site will be removed starting in mid-February and continuing on and off through the end of March. The foundations must be removed in place using a large hydraulic hammer. Unfortunately, this work will create noise, but we will do our best to control it. Other concrete and rubble crushing will be done as far towards the center of the site as possible to control noise. Dust will be controlled using a water spray.

The normal hours of operation at the site are from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Trucks, shipping steel for recycling and hauling construction rubble, will typically leave the site in the morning and follow the local truck traffic route, north on Routes 73/33 to I-79 (exit 139). All demolition work is currently scheduled to be finished by April.

Exxon, the EPA and the WVDEP meet regularly with members of the Fairmont community as a panel, called the Fairmont Community Liaison Panel. An update on project activities is provided at each meeting. These meeting are open to the public and you are most welcome to attend. The next meeting will be held on Thursday, February 18, 1999, at the Circle W Building on Morgantown Avenue, starting at 5:30 p.m.

I appreciate your patience as this work progresses. Feel free to call our Fairmont Community Information Line at 1-800-250-3868 if you have any questions or comments. I trust that, as this work is completed, you will be pleased with the appearance of the site and encouraged with this progress towards the eventual return of the site to productive use.


John Hannig
copy to: FCLP members

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