State lawmakers want more pollution testing and disclosure following a large fish kill in the Ogeechee River.
In a letter, seven members of the General Assembly asked the state's Environmental Protection Division to improve its response to future emergencies. They proposed that the state force third-party testing of portions of the Ogeechee River that suffered the fish kill and want easy-to-understand results posted on the Internet.
King America Finishing Inc. agreed last year to pay $1 million to settle pollution problems that state officials identified after the fish die-off. Environmentalists have filed a lawsuit seeking to block that settlement because they say it was too lenient.
Testing showed the fish died of a bacterial infection. Factors including pollution may have made the fish susceptible to the bacteria.