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Monday, January 23, 2012 - 11:39am

Fish Kill Response Is Growing

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.