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: August 17, 2022
  • Concentration Range Detected0 - 1 ppb
  • 24-hr Average0.29 ppb
  • 7-day Average0.44 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.

Catawba Headstart

Report Date: August 17, 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: August 17, 2022
  • Concentration Range Detected0 - 3 ppb
  • 24-hr Average0.34 ppb
  • 7-day Average0.83 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: August 17, 2022
  • Concentration Range Detected0 - 18 ppb
  • 24-hr Average3.34 ppb
  • 7-day Average2.47 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: August 17, 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: August 17, 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: August 17, 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.

Liberty Hill

Report Date: August 17, 2022
  • Concentration Range Detected0 - 0 ppb
  • 24-hr Average0.00 ppb
  • 7-day Average0.11 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 August 15, 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
6.47
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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.

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June 30, 2022 – Statement from New-Indy Catawba:

New-Indy Catawba is pleased to have reached an agreement with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control to resolve issues of concern. New-Indy Catawba personnel have worked diligently with state regulators over the past year to develop a plan that will both benefit and protect the community surrounding the facility. The mill’s ongoing investment in cutting edge technologies has successfully kept hydrogen sulfide emissions negligible or zero for many months. This agreement will help ensure that future emissions continue to follow this trend.

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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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