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Rock-Tenn Site Under Scrutiny


OTSEGO (WKZO) -- Tests are being conducted to determine if the tons of chemicals that have been stored for years under the former Rock-Tenn paper mill in Otsego are hazardous and pose any threat to the community. 

County officials were doing an environmental assessment of the property, which they hope to resell, when they found two-hundred barrels filled with chemicals stored in the basement of the plant.  

They also found plastic totes containing chemicals.  

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was called to the site.  An EPA investigator says most of the drums and containers are either lacking labels or mislabeled.  They are going through plant records to try and determine what might have been used in the paper manufacturing process.  

The plant closed in 2004.