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By Allan J. Bassler

Appvion Accused of Spilling Chemical Into Frankstown Branch

Recreational Fishermen Noticed Fish Kill; Chemical Spilled Used in Security Paper


October 15, 2020

Courtesy Pa. DEP

This map, provided by the Pa. Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP), shows the extent of the Frankstown Branch of the Juniata River investigated following an alleged 3,700-gallon chemical release by Appvion on Aug. 20 and 21, 2020. The red arrows indicate places where DEP investigator Frederick Clark, water quality specialist, checked for fish kills during his investigation on Aug. 26.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has told Appvion that it failed to report a chemical spill and is asking the company to investigate, explain and plan to prevent future similar releases.

In a letter dated Sept. 17, 2020, the DEP stated, "On August 27, 2020 the [DEP} responded to a report of a fish kill in the Frankstown Branch of the Juniata River. During an investigation of the incident, dead fish were observed over a 4.5 mile stretch of the river that extended upstream to an area approximately 500 feet below the Appvion industrial wastewater treatment plant o...

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