A new report ranks the Savannah River third in the country for the amount of toxic discharge released into its water.
More than 5 million pounds of waste were discharged into the river in 2010, according to the report from Environment Georgia.
Tonya Bonitatibus of Savannah Riverkeeper says officials have been working on a pollution reduction plan for several years. But she says little has changed in the meantime.
“What we’ve got on this river is we’ve still got a large amount of pollution going in, we’ve got permits that expired five, six years ago, and it’s the status quo.”
The EPA has called for a 90% reduction in discharge for the Savannah River in Georgia and South Carolina.
“The problem is that they ordered that to happen quite a few years ago and we still haven’t had any meaningful reduction whatsoever because of this process.”
Advocates worry the pollutants could pose health risks and deplete the river’s oxygen level.