The boiler house was demolished around
1970. By 1979, a Quonset Hut was constructed in roughly the same
location, and used for the maintenance of RFM equipment. This prefabricated
building was sold at auction in August 2001 and subsequently removed
from the plant site.
The former Plate Mill buildings are of steel frame construction,
with brick walls. Intermittently, the brick has been covered or
replaced with metal siding. The roof is constructed of steel trusses
and wooden sheathing, portions of which have been covered or replaced
with metal siding. The roof of the 6/7/8 Bay RFM is in poor condition
and is currently considered unsafe. The floors of all of the buildings
are constructed of concrete. Due to the historic use of lubricants,
the concrete is stained with oil and grease at various locations.
The lighting in the buildings consists mainly of high intensity
and fluorescent lighting. Several transformers were observed within
the six electrical rooms for the Rail Finishing Mill. Four of these
units are listed by SYSCO as containing PCB liquid.
The Rail Head Hardening Building was constructed in the early 1970s
as a storage building, and was renovated in the 1980s for its current
purpose. The building is a typical modern industrial building, of
steel frame construction with metal siding.
Several railway tracks are located throughout this area. Some tracks
have been abandoned and covered with slag. Environmental issues
of concern associated with the rail tracks include creosote rail
ties and potential contaminated soil under and adjacent to the tracks.
In the past, used oil was often used for dust suppression on roadways
on the steel plant property.
Pipelines conveying gas from the coking process followed the East
Perimeter Road from the Victoria Road Overpass to the No. 2 Open
Hearth Building. At certain locations this pipe ran underground,
including the Mills Area. A 24-inch diameter pipe runs underground
from the east side of the East Perimeter Road to the south of the
Brick Shed and subsequently south through the “Courtyard”
area, terminating at the south end of the former No. 1 Mills Boiler
House. A second branch tees off this line at the southwest corner
of the Old Roll Shop and proceeds north to the former location of
the gas producer for the Blooming Mill in SCU 15. Due to the fact
that the coke ovens gas was, in effect, exhaust from the coking
process, PAH impacts, volatile compounds and flammable residues
may be associated with the coke ovens gas lines.