Deal reached to clean up pollution from closed Maryland paper mill

Source:, April 1, 2021
By: Timothy B. Wheeler

The owners of the closed Luke paper mill in Western Maryland have agreed to clean up toxic pollution that has been seeping into the Potomac River and pay a $650,000 penalty, state officials and environmental groups announced Thursday.

Verso Luke LLC and its parent company, Verso Corp., signed a consent decree settling a federal lawsuit filed in March 2020 by the Environmental Integrity Project on behalf of the Potomac Riverkeeper Network. The Maryland Department of the Environment intervened in that lawsuit in May 2020 and added allegations that the seepage also had contaminated the land by the river. Read more.

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