The clanging sound of metal scraping against metal rang through the air on River Road last week as demolition of the Simkins Mill began.
Per a Baltimore County razing permit issued on May 7, Simkins Industries and the company's locally contracted demolition company, A2Z Environmental Group, has 150 days to raze the vacant paper mill of more than 70,000 square feet at the intersection of River Road and Old Thistle Road in western Catonsville, near the Howard County border.
"I'm happy to see that this is moving forward," said 1st District Councilman Tom Quirk. "Hopefully, the property itself gets absorbed back into the state park system."
The project comes as part of Maryland Department of the Environment's Voluntary Cleanup Program, which provides benefits to companies, including clarification of liability provisions, for cleaning up their properties.
According to a fact sheet from MDE, "A Phase II ESA (Environmental Site Assessment) completed in May 2011 included the collection of soil, groundwater, surface water, and soil gas samples from the power plant area, mill building area, landfill area and other areas of the property.