Curtis Specialty Papers
Milford & Alexandria Townships, NJ
Next CAG meeting is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 27, 2014 at 7 PM at the Milford Library.
EPA proposed the Curtis Specialty Papers site in Milford and Alexandria Townships, New Jersey for inclusion on the Superfund National Priorities List on September 3, 2008 because of the detection of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in soil within the facility and in sediment of the Quequacommisacong Creek, where fishing for human consumption commonly occurred. The site, located at 404 Frenchtown Road in Hunterdon County, is a former paper mill, which occupies approximately 105 acres.
Most of the site is located on two parcels totaling approximately 70 acres in Milford Township, and the aeration pond is located on an adjacent parcel of approximately 35 acres in Alexandria Township. The site includes a number of buildings, including the main mill building, former coatings facility, a cogeneration power plant and a wastewater treatment plant. The surrounding area is predominantly residential, with the nearest residents approximately 0.1 miles to the north and southeast.
The paper mill operated on the property for approximately 90 years. During the time the mill was in operation, the facility reported several spills on the property, and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) issued several notices of violation to the facility, including unpermitted discharges and improper containers, training and record keeping. In July 2003, the mill was shut down by Curtis Papers, Inc. The presence of PCBs in areas known to be used for the storage of PCBs, in banks of Quequacommisacong Creek, in the sediment (sludge) of a discharge pipe from the facility and in the sediment downstream of the facility outfalls, indicates that the Curtis Specialty Papers site released the contaminants into the area and creek. On June 4, 2009, EPA issued a Settlement Agreement and Administrative Order on Consent with Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products and International Paper for performance of the Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study.