Superfund Site: ECUSTA MILL
PISGAH FOREST, NC
Superfund Site Profile
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The Ecusta Mill was a former flax-pulp specialty paper manufacturing facility consisting of approximately 525-acreas situated in a mixed-use commercial/residential setting near the confluence of the Davidson and French Broad Rivers in North Carolina. The facility consisted of nearly 2 million square feet of manufacturing structures as well as several industrial landfills and an 80-acre Aerated Stabilization Basin (ASB). The mill was operated by various owners from 1938 until 2002, when it declared bankruptcy and was shut down and abandoned. Region 4 first responded when the plant was closed to stabilize environmental systems and secure the site. Subsequent investigation revealed mercury contamination below the former electrochemical (EC) building, utilized for bleach manufacturing, as well as in surface soils and ditches leading to and within the Davidson River.