CATAWBA MILL — Catawba, SC

The current New-Indy Catawba mill site originally opened in 1959 and began operation as a New-Indy subsidiary in 2019. Located on the Catawba River, New-Indy Catawba is a world-class integrated virgin linerboard and market pulp manufacturing mill. New-Indy Catawba produces a lightweight linerboard used for the outer surfaces of corrugated packaging, and high-yield unbleached pulp for other paper applications.

Daily Air Emissions Report

New-Indy is continuously monitoring hydrogen sulfide in various locations both at the Catawba Mill and in surrounding neighborhoods. The report below shows hydrogen sulfide levels as reported by New Indy. The report is updated daily.

Mill Station 2

Report Date: November 29, 2022
  • Concentration Range Detected1 - 1 ppb
  • 24-hr Average0.88 ppb
  • 7-day Average1.09 ppb
  • 30-minute EPA Acute Exposure Guideline Level (AEGL)600 ppb
  • Date of last reportable Elevated H2S Reading (30-minute average > 600 ppb)No 30-minute averages > 600 ppb since monitor reporting began on May 26.
  • Date of last Reportable Elevated H2S Reading (7-day average > 70 ppb)No 7-day averages > 70 ppb since monitor reporting began on May 26.

Liberty Hill

Report Date: November 29, 2022
  • Concentration Range Detected0 - 0 ppb
  • 24-hr Average0.00 ppb
  • 7-day Average0.00 ppb
  • Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry Minimal Risk Level (ATSDR MRL)70 ppb
  • Date of last Reportable Elevated H2S Reading (7-day average > 70 ppb)No 7-day averages > 70 ppb since monitor reporting began on May 13.

Catawba Headstart

Report Date: November 29, 2022
  • Concentration Range Detected0 - 0 ppb
  • 24-hr Average0.00 ppb
  • 7-day Average0.00 ppb
  • Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry Minimal Risk Level (ATSDR MRL)70 ppb
  • Date of last Reportable Elevated H2S Reading (7-day average > 70 ppb)No 7-day averages > 70 ppb since monitor reporting began on May 13.

Mill Station 3

Report Date: November 29, 2022
  • Concentration Range Detected0 - 0 ppb
  • 24-hr Average0.20 ppb
  • 7-day Average0.45 ppb
  • 30-minute EPA Acute Exposure Guideline Level (AEGL)600 ppb
  • Date of last Reportable Elevated H2S Reading (30-minute average > 600 ppb)No 30-minute averages > 600 ppb since monitor reporting began on May 26.
  • Date of last Reportable Elevated H2S Reading (7-day average > 70 ppb)No 7-day averages > 70 ppb since monitor reporting began on May 26.

Mill Station 1

Report Date: November 29, 2022
  • Concentration Range Detected0 - 12 ppb
  • 24-hr Average2.14 ppb
  • 7-day Average2.05 ppb
  • 30-minute EPA Acute Exposure Guideline Level (AEGL)600 ppb
  • Date of last Reportable Elevated H2S Reading (30-minute average > 600 ppb)September 2
  • Date of last Reportable Elevated H2S Reading (7-day average > 70 ppb)September 8

Riverchase Estates

Report Date: November 29, 2022
  • Concentration Range Detected0 - 0 ppb
  • 24-hr Average0.00 ppb
  • 7-day Average0.01 ppb
  • Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry Minimal Risk Level (ATSDR MRL)70 ppb
  • Date of last Reportable Elevated H2S Reading (7-day average > 70 ppb)No 7-day averages > 70 ppb since monitor reporting began on May 13.

Millstone Creek

Report Date: November 29, 2022
  • Concentration Range Detected0 - 0 ppb
  • 24-hr Average0.00 ppb
  • 7-day Average0.00 ppb
  • Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry Minimal Risk Level (ATSDR MRL)70 ppb
  • Date of last Reportable Elevated H2S Reading (7-day average > 70 ppb)No 7-day averages > 70 ppb since monitor reporting began on May 13.

Treetops

Report Date: November 29, 2022
  • Concentration Range Detected0 - 0 ppb
  • 24-hr Average0.00 ppb
  • 7-day Average0.00 ppb
  • Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry Minimal Risk Level (ATSDR MRL)70 ppb
  • Date of last Reportable Elevated H2S Reading (7-day average > 70 ppb)No 7-day averages > 70 ppb since monitor reporting began on May 13.

Aeration Stabilization Basin (ASB)

Report for the Week of November 28, 2022
  • This graphic displays the average amount of dissolved oxygen in New-Indy’s ASB.
  • Number of active aerators in the ASB:52/52

    100% of aerators currently active
9.67
0 - 1
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From May 13 – June 29, 2021, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reported the results of daily hydrogen sulfide samplings from 10 different locations in York and Lancaster Counties, South Carolina, and Union County, North Carolina. Those reports can be accessed via the Report Date dropdown menu on the top right-hand side of the map.**

Thereafter, New-Indy and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) each began collecting data from their own monitoring stations surrounding the New-Indy Catawba mill. New-Indy placed five of its monitoring stations in close proximity to terminated EPA monitors and SCDHEC installed three monitoring stations of its own. In the interactive map above, you can see the location of each New-Indy and SCDHEC monitoring station and their corresponding data. The full EPA and New-Indy daily reports can be accessed from the Daily Reports below. Full SCDHEC reports beginning on June 29, 2021, can be found HERE.

**Note: DHEC’s Catawba Express monitor failed on Oct. 14, 2021, and the monitor from DHEC’s Catawba River site was used to replace the Catawba Express monitor from Oct. 18, 2021-Jan. 9, 2022. The Catawba River monitor was restored on Jan. 10, 2022.

Statement from New-Indy Catawba

October 26, 2022

New-Indy Catawba denies the baseless accusations that were irresponsibly made in the October 26 report in The Charlotte Observer and The State newspapers that dioxin is seeping into the Catawba River from the mill property. This accusation was leveled by trial lawyers to gain leverage in ongoing litigation and is demonstrably false.

 Dioxin is a highly toxic chemical. Small amounts of the compound were left on the property by a previous owner of the facility, a byproduct of the bleaching process used by the Bowater mill (and many other mills throughout the U.S.) to make white paper. That practice was discontinued nearly 20 years ago. At no point since New-Indy acquired the mil on Dec. 31, 2018, has the facility produced dioxin.

 New-Indy Catawba has spent considerable time and effort to identify the areas on the mill property where the compound is located and to confirm that it is not migrating from the property, including through groundwater. New-Indy Catawba maintains 15 wells throughout the mill property so that it can carefully monitor dioxin levels. The mill regularly reports the results from those monitoring wells to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.   

 The most recent report was prepared for New-Indy in June 2022 by S&ME., Inc., a South Carolina-based environmental engineering firm. That report clearly shows that no hazardous level of dioxin was detected in any of the monitoring wells. In fact, the monitoring well with the highest concentration contained 1/15th the amount of dioxin that South Carolina permits in drinking water.

 The aerial photograph of the New-Indy Catawba property (scroll down to link in Latest News section) shows the 15 monitoring well locations on site. The only well to detect a nominal amount of dioxin was R-29-MW-1, which is located more than a half-mile from the Catawba River.

Public Notifications

New-Indy will notify the public about operational activity that may result in changes in emissions from the Catawba Mill. Any such notices will be posted in this section.

Latest News

New-Indy Paper Mill Shows How it Reduces Foul Order at State Line

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EPA Memo on Motion to Enter Consent Decree, New-Indy Statement, Excerpts from Memo & Amendments

View and download documents in the links below. Memo in Support of Motion to Enter New-Indy Catawba Statement on Motion to Enter Memo Excerpts from Me...

Groundwater Monitoring Report & Aerial Map of New-Indy Monitoring Wells

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2021 – 2022 Mill Operations Timeline

Prior to 2020, the New-Indy Catawba mill produced mostly white paper, which was used by customers to print magazines, catalogs and similar materials. Last year, New-Indy converted portions of the mill to manufacture unbleached containerboard, which is used by customers to produce various packaging products. The mill was completely offline from May to September 2020 during the conversion process. The first stage of restarting production began in December and by February 1, 2021, the mill had restored operations. On February 8, 2021, New-Indy Catawba LLC sent DHEC a letter notifying it that New-Indy Catawba began operations of all equipment except the No. 2 Paper Machine within 15 days prior to that letter.

Contact Us

New-Indy has a dedicated phone line for reporting concerns or feedback about our operations. Please call 803.670.2001 and make sure to tell us your name, phone number and the reason for your outreach. If you would like to report an odor observation, please fill out the submission form below. Complete information will enable us to evaluate the issue thoroughly and follow up as needed.

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