New Indy Odor Investigation

DEQ is working closely with the US EPA and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) regarding the odor issue impacting North Carolina residents in Union And Mecklenburg counties, South Carolina residents, and the Catawba Indian Nation. Based on a multi-agency investigation, both SCDHEC and the EPA have issued orders to the New Indy Containerboard facility located in South Carolina.

Details on SC DHEC actions including the state order, daily reports from EPA monitoring stations (including one NC site), and the online odor complaint form are posted on their website.

South Carolina Odor Investigation

South Carolina Monitoring Information

Odor Complaint Form

EPA Region 4 issued an emergency order on May 13, 2021, under Section 303 of the Clean Air Act to New Indy Containerboard to reduce emissions of hydrogen sulfide from their pulp and paper mill in Catawba, SC, to meet specific limits as monitored at the fence line. EPA is also requiring the company to perform air monitoring in the communities surrounding the facility.  More information on EPA actions and monitoring can be found here

EPA Odor Investigation 

EPA Order 

DEQ continues to work with Mecklenburg County Air Quality, SC DHEC and EPA to support the multi-state investigation and monitoring efforts and protect public health.

DAQ Monitoring Data

DAQ Monitoring Data

On April 26, 2021, NC DAQ in conjunction with Mecklenburg County Air Quality, established two hydrogen sulfide ambient monitoring sites.  The data related to the monitors is presented in the graphs below (click to enlarge).