Galaxy Spectron NPL Site

State TrusteeState of Maryland
Federal TrusteeDepartment of Commerce
AO Bureau

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Little Elk Creek


Contaminants of Concern Include

Affected DOI Resources Include

Anadromous Fish

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Case Description

The Galaxy/Spectron, Inc., (Spectron) Site is an abandoned solvent recycling facility located approximately six miles northwest of Elkton, Maryland. The Site covers approximately 8 acres adjacent to Little Elk Creek, a tributary to the Elk River and the upper Chesapeake Bay. The main portion of the Site (Plant Area) consists of seven acres on the southern bank of Little Elk Creek; another portion of the Site is an approximately one-acre parcel of the Site (Office Area) located on the northern bank of Little Elk Creek.

The Site began as a paper mill. From the late 1800s through the early 1950s, a water-powered paper mill operated on the property. In 1961, Galaxy Chemicals, Inc. began a solvent recovery operation treating wastes generated by the electronics, pharmaceutical, paint, and chemical process industries. Galaxy Chemicals claimed bankruptcy in 1975. The facility reopened as Solvent Distillers, Inc., with primarily the same ownership. Solvent Distillers, Inc., which later changed its name to Spectron, Inc., closed the facility in 1988, declared bankruptcy and abandoned the Site with approximately 1,300 drums and 62 large storage tanks containing hazardous chemicals and waste left on site.

Case Documents

 Document TypeDocument NameDocument Date


 MOA/MOU Trustees Agreement 12/27/2007


 Consent Decree Consent Decree 03/16/2007


 Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment Restoration Plan 06/01/2008


 Funding Request Memo Redistribution Funds- FWS Return Funds to Transfer to NOAA 06/24/2021
 Trustee Council Resolution Redistribution of Funds - FWS Return Funds to Transfer to NOAA 06/24/2021

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Case Contact

Chesapeake Bay Ecological Services Field Office

Annapolis, MD | (410) 537-4599 |

Associated Restoration Projects

Case Trustees

AO Bureau
Federal TrusteeDepartment of Commerce
State TrusteeState of Maryland

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