Crown Vantage Paper Mill of Parchment, MI
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After discovering the abandoned Allied Paper mill and the abandoned paper mill in Watervliet, we found it interesting to spend some time looking at the Crown Vantage paper mill down in Parchment, which was still running at the time we found out about it. Unfortunately for everyone, the management of the plant decided to "idle" (i.e. close) the mill as of November 3, 2000, which resulted in the loss of 249 jobs.
I have wanted to take a look inside ever since the mill closed, but that wasn't really possible since even after security stopped guarding the plant, there was still an intact fence around the property, there were still "No Trespassing" signs all over the place, and there was a lot of legal and financial wrangling going on over the future of the mill buildings. In June of 2003, however, I was able to obtain access to Mill 1, Mill 2, and the Powerhouse during the property auction.
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2020-2021 Side-Channel PCB Remediation Project
In early 2021, I noticed that some work was going on behind the old landfill near the Kalamazoo River. Some Googling revealed that the purpose of the project is to remove PCB-contaminated sediments from what the EPA is calling the Crown Vantage Side Channel, which is a backwater area of the Kalamazoo River adjacent to the landfill. As far as I know, this mill never processed carbonless copy paper which is the usual main source of paper industry related PCB contamination in the area. Perhaps I am mistaken about this, or maybe the sediments came down the river from other mills and were deposited there.