Toxic and Abandoned: Accurate Plating Company Superfund Site

What was once a metal plating company in Cleveland now stands abandoned on a piece of land contaminated by hazardous waste.

Abandoned Superfund Site Accurate Plating Company in Cleveland Ohio

A stone's throw away from the abandoned Cleveland Railway Company and Westinghouse Electric industrial complex (which you can read about by clicking here) lies a cluster of abandoned industrial buildings along Carnegie Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio. Among them are former factories of Warner & Swasey Company and a boarded-up red brick building once occupied by Accurate Plating Company.

Abandoned Superfund Site Accurate Plating Company in Cleveland Ohio

Abandoned Superfund Site Accurate Plating Company in Cleveland Ohio

Accurate Plating Company was founded by Charles J Foley in 1967 and specialized in the electroplating, polishing, and finishing of metal products.

Abandoned Superfund Site Accurate Plating Company in Cleveland Ohio

Abandoned Superfund Site Accurate Plating Company in Cleveland Ohio

The company operated for several decades, but ran into trouble with The Environmental Protection Agency due to its status as a large quantity generator of hazardous waste.

Abandoned Superfund Site Accurate Plating Company in Cleveland Ohio

Abandoned Superfund Site Accurate Plating Company in Cleveland Ohio

The Environmental Protection Agency designated Accurate Plating Company as a Superfund site contaminated by hazardous waste and a candidate for cleanup because of the risk it poses to human and environmental health.

Abandoned Superfund Site Accurate Plating Company in Cleveland Ohio

Abandoned Superfund Site Accurate Plating Company in Cleveland Ohio

The building now sits mostly empty...

Abandoned Superfund Site Accurate Plating Company in Cleveland Ohio

with gaping holes in the roof and vines spreading out across the floor.

Abandoned Superfund Site Accurate Plating Company in Cleveland Ohio

A few artifacts remain inside the offices, which have been thoroughly ransacked.

Abandoned Superfund Site Accurate Plating Company in Cleveland Ohio

Abandoned Superfund Site Accurate Plating Company in Cleveland Ohio

Abandoned Superfund Site Accurate Plating Company in Cleveland Ohio

The future of the old Accurate Plating Company building remains unclear. As an EPA Superfund site, the land must be cleared of hazardous waste before it can be used again.

Abandoned Superfund Site Accurate Plating Company in Cleveland Ohio

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