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Monday, January 23, 2012 - 11:39am

Fish Kill Response Is Growing

Updated: 5 years ago.
Pollution is one of the factors that may have made the fish susceptible to the bacteria that killed them. (photo courtesy Beatrice Murch)

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.