What Can New-Indy Do to Fix This?

  • Technology exists to reduce Kraft Mill odors by 99% - EPA

  • Lagoons: use stripping equipment with proper capacity for production or reduce production to eliminate toxins from entering lagoons.

  • Dredge solids.

  • Add mixing and aeration. New-Indy had 39 aerators operating in May. They now have 52 free of sludge but are allowed up to 72.

  • Cover lagoons and scrub toxic odors.

Has New-Indy Provided Sludge Records

to DHEC?

New-Indy provided sludge records from 2014 and 2017. The mill was sold to New-Indy in 2018. Resolute Forest Products initiated a process change to sludge management in the wastewater system in 2017 and never fully completed or obtained approval from DHEC. Request for approval expired in April 2020, but New-Indy has this process in their permit paperwork and DHEC approved the construction.

Has New-Indy Entered into a Consent Order with the EPA?

The EPA gave New-Indy more time to come up with a permanent solution. They have until the end of December 2021.

Did New-Indy Increase the Capacity

of the Stripping Equipment?

New-Indy reconditioned the trim condenser in hopes it would increase the capacity. Still waiting to see the testing to know if it increased the capacity.

Has New-Indy Completed Surface Dredging?

Completed August 2021. Our drone footage is from September.

  • Vegetative islands of accumulated sludge remain.

  • The floating baffles increase retention time in the aeration stabilization basin. This is important for treatment of the wastewater and portion of foul condensate sent directly to the lagoon without treatment prior.

  • Onsite staff states, they were overcome with sludge prior to the process change. Onsite staff said these masses will not me removed (DHEC Alleged Violation).

Is New-Indy Utilizing the Full Capacity Of the Stripping Equipment?

EPA September 28, 2021 Onsite Inspection.

  • Stripper was running at 490 gallons per minute.

  • New-Indy operator stated optimal operating was 500 gallons per minute. New-Indy produces around 800 gallons per minute. The untreated foul condensate is sent to the Aeration Stabilization Basin for treatment.

Has New-Indy Completed Settled Solid Dredging?

In process.

  • New-Indy used a depth surface study from 2015 for the tracer study in the aeration basin. Three years before purchasing the mill (DHEC Response to Testing).

  • In February, New-Indy told DHEC, 52 aerators operate continuously (NPDES Inspection).

  • In May they admitted only 39 were operating (Weekly Update).

  • In August, New-Indy claimed all were operating.

  • In September DHEC states 29 aerators operating during the day and 37 at night. Operating aerators costs money (DHEC Alleged Violation).

  • Onsite staff have stated a profile of the Aeration Basin was done and sludge depth is 18 feet deep, on average, with a total basin depth of 20 feet (DHEC Alleged Violation).

Our Community

North and South Carolinians standing together to raise awareness to ethical dilemmas that directly impact the health, well-being or quality of life of our community. Filing reports with DHEC and the EPA, attending events, and contacting state and federal leaders.

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