A judge in southeast Georgia has revived an environmental group's legal challenge to a deal between the state Environmental Protection Division and a textile plant after thousands of fish turned up dead in the Ogeechee River last year. The judge ruled that the state agency failed to hold a required public hearing before agreeing to a deal with King America Finishing.
The state Department of Natural Resources has issued a warning about the Ogeechee River in Bulloch and Effingham counties after 10 dead fish were found. The state Environmental Protection Division is doing tests to determine what killed the fish.
A Southeast Georgia solar energy company is turning over a part of its revenues to a trust fund benefitting Bulloch County. Officials from Tabby Power Solar Company say, the fund is starting small -- with a few thousand dollars invested and a few hundred dollars in annual contributions to the county budget. But, eventually, advocates say, solar power could make Bulloch County and the rest of rural Georgia financially independent.
State officials say a roofing manufacturer will open a new facility in Bulloch County, creating about 50 full-time jobs. Building materials maker GAF will produce insulation in Statesboro. The company already has two other Georgia locations, in Savannah and Cumming.
Environmental advocates say recent tests of the Ogeechee River, where thousands of fish died in May, still show high levels of contaminants. Ogeechee Riverkeeper Dianna Wedincamp said fish are still dying.
Bulloch County Commissioners have decided to put a Sunday alcohol sales referendum on the ballot this fall. The referendum on Nov. 8 applies only to package sales of malt beverages and wine. Liquor can be purchased in the county only in restaurants with a license to pour.
Federal environmental officials say, it might be impossible to know just what led to thousands of fish dying in Southeast Georgia's Ogeechee River. The US Environmental Protection Agency released a memo this week saying, a common bacteria caused the kill. But biologists already knew that and river-watchers really want to know what made the fish suceptible to the bacteria.
State environmental officials don't want people to fish in the Ogeechee River until they can find out what killed thousands of fish. A massive fish kill late last week stunk up the meandering Southeast Georgia waterway. The state Environmental Protection Division blamed a bacteria not known to harm humans.