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Trouble in River City

A paper mill built on the Pigeon River in 1905 brought prosperity to the town of Canton for nearly a century, though the plant pumped pollutants into the river for years. Threats of lawsuits by two states and the federal government forced the company into fifteen years of pollution remediation. This, coupled with depressed paper prices and increasing competition, brought the mill to the verge of a shutdown in 1997when the mill was put up for sale. In 1999, the employees and their union bought it.
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