Pactiv Evergreen’s paper mill earns two new water quality violations

By Holly Kays
The Smoky Mountain News
February 6, 2024
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US East

CANTON, North Carololina — Despite being closed for months, the Evergreen Packaging paper mill in Canton continues to rack up environmental violations, with two recently issued violations for exceeding fecal coliform limits bringing its total number of violation notices since May 2021 up to 22. One violation, dated Feb. 2, was issued for exceeding the daily maximum fecal coliform limit on Oct. 4 and Oct. 10, 2023. The second, dated, Feb. 6, was for exceeding the same limit on Nov. 2, 2023 In all three cases, the mill reported a fecal coliform concentration that came in 50% over the state limit. Fecal coliform is a group of bacteria that includes disease-causing species such as E.coli. While most coliform bacteria do not cause disease, some strains of E.coli cause serious illness. …Pactiv Evergreen has received this type of violation multiple times before. In October 2023… and in Dec. 2022.

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