The former Curtis Specialty Papers Mill on Frenchtown Road in Milford, New Jersey, produced a wide variety of food-grade paper products and other specialty papers for more than 90 years. When the mill shut down in 2003 and Curtis Specialty Papers subsequently declared bankruptcy, the site was left vacant.
The state of New Jersey completed an initial site assessment and security work at the property in 2006, and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) completed additional investigation work in 2007 and 2008. Work began in earnest in 2009 when International Paper Company (IP) and Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products, LP (GP) purchased the abandoned site, assumed responsibility for the investigation and cleanup work, and immediately addressed security issues at the mill. IP and GP also took on the job of stabilizing and closing the nearby Crown Vantage Landfill (located just south of the mill along the Delaware River). Although neither IP nor GP ever owned or operated the mill or landfill, both purchased companies that were at one time associated with the sites. IP and GP have taken on joint responsibility for supporting USEPA and addressing environmental issues at the mill and landfill. All work is being carried out according to the requirements of USEPA’s Superfund Program under USEPA’s oversight.
Click through this website to read about the steps IP and GP have taken to protect community health and safety as stewards of the mill and landfill properties, our plans to address environmental issues in a timely manner, and the goal of preparing the land for reuse.