The former Curtis Specialty Papers Inc. property is on the Superfund's National Priorities List, according to the EPA. The listing determines which sites require further investigation and long-term cleanup.
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 issued several notices of violation to the facility, including unpermitted discharges and improper containers, training and record keeping.
The primary contaminant at the site is polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs. That contaminant has been found at the facility and Quequacommisacong Creek, which provides habitat for federal and state threatened species. Curtis Specialty Papers identified 20 areas of concern at the roughly 105-acre site at 404 Frenchtown Road but later shut down operations and declared bankruptcy, abandoning the site. In October 2006, the state Department of Environmental Protection and an emergency response contractor initiated cleanup activities, including inspecting above-ground storage tanks. The state then turned over the site to the EPA, which removed chemical drums and secured the site.