Stage of Clean-up: Emergency Removal of Contaminants / Remedial Assessment Not Begun
Diamond Shamrock Corp.'s Painesville Works covers about 500 acres between Lake Erie and the Grand River in Painesville, Lake County, Ohio. The site is bordered on the east by a large tire manufacturing company and on the west by an industrial area in the city of Fairport Harbor. The Diamond Shamrock Works began operations in 1912, producing mainly CAUSTIC SODA. The plant also produced CHROMATE compounds, CHLORINE and chlorinated paraffins, and coke. Diamond Shamrock also accepted and disposed of used spent pickle liquor from nearby steel industries. In October 1931, the plant began production of chromates, including SODIUM dichromate, POTASSIUM dichromate, and CHROMIC ACID. The plant closed in 1972. In 1977, the State of Ohio approved a reclamation plan submitted by Diamond Shamrock. In accordance with the plan, Diamond Shamrock would cover one of the waste lakes with a clay cover. In 1986, Maxus Energy Corp. bought out Diamond Shamrock Chemical Co. More...