Clearwater Finishing Plant
After a long hiatus and a catastrophic loss of Abandonedhistory.com, I am back and rebuilding all of the Galleries.
Our first subject will be the Clearwater Finishing Plant which is ironic considering it was the first location ever posted here at Abandoned History. Today the plant is back in the middle of a Demolishion/Redevelopment Project.
Special Thanks to Bob Tharpe and his family for providing access to this decaying Giant.
2011 – Panorama Demolition in Progress Again
The plant was originally built in 1929 to add color and design to textiles. The company went bankrupt in 1989, leaving behind over 1,000 drums of chemicals and dyes. The abandoned drums posed a danger to vagrants and curious children, and was declared a Superfund site by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, making it eligible for federal cleanup assistance. EPA conducted a removal action and turned the property over to the Forfeited Land Commission for back property taxes.
EPA spent about $1 million remediating the site, before ECS agreed to take the site as a brownfield project and spent an additional $1.3 million on cleanup. ECS signed a prospective purchaser’s agreement with EPA, ensuring that the company cannot be held liable for any old contamination or new contamination that is a result of the old industry.
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