Re: Hercules Powder tankcar et al.

Gatwood, Elden J SAD


Thanks for the info. It is no coincidence that those contaminants are also
by-products of coking, too, and that benzol, naptha, xylol and such were
products at USS Clairton. I understand from talking to someone at EPA that
the West Elizabeth site was not only the dump for the Clairton plant, but
that they dumped huge amounts of waste there such that the groundwater
beneath and downslope was contaminated very badly. That being said, it seems
the remediation has been largely successful.

Someone told me PICCOP hauled that waste cake off-site in dump trucks;
however, PICCO also had a small siding and fenced-in area in West Elizabeth
that I at one time had an aerial photo of, where it appeared they dumped used
equipment and such. I can't find any record of it in older PRR records, so I
have no idea how long it was in service, but I would guess PICCO could load
up old equipment in a gon or box car and take it up the Mon to that site to

I wish I could find that photo!

Elden Gatwood

Hercules bought PICCO in 1973 well after the time frame of this list.

If the waste from the plant gives you any hint of activities, they buried
85,000 tons of hazardous waste in Jefferson Borough. The site is on the
National Priority List. Items disposed were benzene, styrene, naphthalene,
lead, clay polycake and dechlor polycake from resin filters. These wastes
were generated by PICCO at the Clariton plant from 1950 - mid 1980's (covers
time frame for list)

Rich Orr

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Do you know anything about Hercules involvement in Pennsylvania Industrial

Chemical Co. (PICCO)? They were a big producer of resins, and I think

someone told me Hercules bought them. They had patents to stuff like

Piccolastic and such. PICCO received tank car loads of petroleum, at their

Clairton, PA plant, then processed to produce these resins, some of which

were used in the rubber industry. I have always wanted to know more details

about that operation as it pertains to freight car traffic, particularly.

Elden Gatwood

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Subject: Re: [STMFC] Hercules Powder tankcar et al.

I used to work for Hercules. They were formed around 1905 by the break-up of

DuPont's monopoly on explosives. They made gunpowder, blasting powder,

dynamite and other explosives. During WW II they operated several

explosive/ammunition plants for the Government. After the war they became

involved in the rocket industry and were still making them until they were

sold/spun-off/bought out by Alliant TechSystems post-1989. They also had

large industrial chemical and plastics businesses. I think now they just make

specialty chemicals.

. . . And further looking finds this article mentiong some business areas and




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From: Gatwood, Elden J SAD

I had done some research on Hercules Powder and predecessors some time ago,

and had only been able to find out info that they made industrial solvents

and resins, most or all of which was shipped in either 103's or 104's. I am

unaware of any pressurized tanks they had painted, or products that would

have required same.

Some of the other cars are also painted as liquid chlorine cars, whioch was

also not shipped in big 105's, AFAIK.


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