SC Paper Mill to Pay $ 1 Million in Fine, Reach Deal with EPA – WSOC TV

CATAWBA, SC – New Indy Catawba and the Environmental Protection Agency reached an agreement on Wednesday saying the paper company has taken several corrective actions since the original EPA order in May 2021.

The agreement, called a consent order, has been filed in court and resolves issues with the Clean Air Act order that the EPA filed.

The EPA took action against New Indy in May after residents complained of a foul odor in the area of ​​the plant near South Carolina’s border with North Carolina.

The plant has been the subject of class action lawsuits by residents who said the smell affected them negatively.

“New-Indy has worked with the EPA and the US Department of Justice to resolve this matter and will fully comply with the agreement,” said Tony Hobson, plant manager. “The factory has cooperated with regulators throughout the process, implemented a long list of improvements and is grateful for this positive and constructive result. ”

According to the decree, the plant’s monitoring system along the fence has found no evidence of hydrogen sulfide exceeding the limit since June 2021 – the only exception was in early September as the company adjusted its process for production. New Indy said the situation was quickly rectified.

The company also said its offsite monitors never exceeded concentration limits and readings were negligible or zero for months. The results of daily broadcasts from the fence line and offsite can be found here.

As part of the deal with the EPA, New Indy said it would pay a fine of $ 1.1 million and continue to work on its operations. The company said it would “operate its steam cleaner while processing unbleached pulp, install a black liquor containment system, install and maintain a carbon filtration system on its post-aeration tank, continue to monitor hydrogen sulfide and improve its wastewater. processing system.

A steam cleaner helps clean volatile organic compounds from the plant’s wastewater streams and a black liquor containment system captures liquid byproducts of plant processing to prevent overflow into the plant’s system. Wastewater.

According to New Indy, the next step in the deal is for a federal judge to give final approval to the executive order after a 30-day comment period.

Channel 9 has contacted the EPA for comment.

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