CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is joining South Carolina officials in ordering the New Indy Containerboard paper mill to clean up its odor or face federal action.
The paper mill is being blamed for stinking up several counties in the Carolinas. While the EPA joining the battle has many people optimistic the smell will go away, it probably won't be the fix everyone is looking for.
Even with the EPA getting involved, the stink in Catawba could be sticking around for a while.
That rotten egg smell is blamed on a chemical called Hydrogen Sulfide. It's a pretty heavy gas, meaning it sticks low to the ground. It even tends to build up in underground areas, such as a basement or cellar.
That means the stench could linger in your house.
And it's not a great chemical to have around, even if it didn't stink. Hydrogen Sulfide can bother your sinuses and cause problems for people with asthma.
Upgrading your home's air filter system can help but there's no real way to get rid of the smell permanently, at least for now.
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