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Experienced Lawyers Investigating Hydrogen Sulfide Emissions
As early as November 2020, New Indy Containerboard in Catawba, South Carolina, has been polluting neighboring properties with noxious and harmful hydrogen sulfide emissions.
The paper mill, which is owned by The Kraft Group and Schwarz Partners LP, recently pivoted its production from white paper to containerboard. Since then, emissions of hydrogen sulfide have skyrocketed. The emissions and smell are a result of the production change as well as a change in how the mill processes waste that was made to increase profits. Byproducts that used to be sent to an incinerator are now sent to outdoor lagoons, which allow hydrogen sulfide, the pollutant behind the smell, to evaporate into the air.
New Indy is currently under orders from the EPA and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) to reduce hydrogen sulfide levels. On May 13, the EPA sent the mill’s parent company a formal request requiring it to perform air monitoring in the surrounding communities. The EPA is also initiating its own air monitoring to reduce and prevent future public health and welfare risks associated with hydrogen sulfide emissions.
Residents in North Carolina and South Carolina are rightfully concerned about not only the putrid smell – DHEC has received more than 17,000 complaints from residents – but the health effects of exposure to hydrogen sulfide. Exposure to even low concentrations of hydrogen sulfide can result in serious health effects, such as irritation to the eyes, ears, and throat, difficulty breathing, as well as headaches, poor memory, tiredness, nausea, balance problems and other serious health conditions. The effects are heightened for those with preexisting conditions such as asthma or severe allergies. If you live or work in this area and are experiencing those types of symptoms, we encourage you to see a healthcare professional.
Local, South Carolina law firms – the Elrod Pope Law Firm and Stavrinakis Law Firm – are investigating this pollution and ways to help clean up the community. They are joined in this effort by national environmental attorneys at Schochor, Federico and Staton, P.A. and Baird Mandalas Brockstedt LLC, who have taken on big polluters like New Indy and helped people take back their community.
With our vast experience providing legal representation to the North and South Carolina communities and our dedication to environmental justice, we have achieved impactful results for our clients.* Our team is comprised of experienced attorneys, and we consult with practitioners in the environment, engineering, and health fields, and we have taken on and exposed corporate wrongdoers* – particularly in cases related to air and groundwater contamination – so that people can live without fear of pollution that can damage their health and way of life.
In The News:
Attorneys Phil Federico and Chase Brockstedt speak to WBTV about South Carolina Department of Environmental Control ordering New Indy Containerboard to stop the stink that has been plaguing residents for months.
We believe that clean air and water are fundamental human rights, and no one should have to live with the dangerous pollutants that New Indy has spread into the environment. We are committed to righting environmental damage done by companies who put profit above safety, and we will work hard to obtain justice for North and South Carolinians who have been put in harm’s way by New Indy.