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American Tissue Mills (ATM) of Maine

Chemical storage tank at former American Tissue Mills of Maine paper mill

The site is the former American Tissue Mills of Maine paper mill. It ceased operation in 2001. From 2001 through 2005, the owner of the facility maintained site security and kept the buildings heated in winter to prevent the chemical products stored on the site from freezing. In the winter of 2005/2006, funding ran out, and the facility effectively was abandoned.

In the spring of 2006, a fire destroyed a portion of the facility. After that, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection inspected the facility and found large volumes of chemicals used in the paper manufacturing process. DEP asked EPA for help removing the chemicals.

Between October 2006 and August 2007, EPA led a cleanup at the site consisting of removing the contents of 18 large chemical storage tanks as well as taking away numerous chemical totes, drums and small containers.

Subsequently, EPA conducted two more cleanup actions. In 2008, the agency removed residual chemicals from process lines throughout the facility and the contents of previously undiscovered tanks containing alum and lime slurry. In 2009, EPA removed PCB-contaminated oil from transformers at the site.

Location: Augusta, ME
Start date:  10/23/2006
End date: 9/16/2009
Contact: Claudia Deane (deane.claudia@epa.gov)

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