Mill receives two air quality violation notices

The Pactiv Evergreen paper mill received two air quality violations in recent months. The Pactiv Evergreen paper mill received two air quality violations in recent months. A Shot Above photo

As it prepares for permanent closure this spring, the Pactiv Evergreen paper mill in Canton has received two new notices of violation from the N.C. Division of Air Quality, bringing its total violations  since May 2021 to 13.

The first NOV, issued March 24, followed emissions stack testing conducted on the Smelt Dissolving Tank Dec. 6-8, 2022. The mill’s permit limits emissions of black liquor solids to 0.1 grams per kilogram, but the stack test yielded an average rate of 0.15 grams per kilogram, exceeding the federal limit.

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  • Isn’t this kind of a mute point now? At the same time Pactiv Evergreen is looking for a tax break.

    posted by JBriley

    Thursday, 06/01/2023

  • All those people losing their jobs is heart-breaking, but at the same time I kinda hope the door hits Evergreen execs on the way out.

    posted by Lungsy Miller

    Thursday, 05/25/2023

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