A little-noticed Senate bill passed this year allows firms seeking permits from the Environmental Protection Division to pay a premium so they get results faster. The Georgia Chamber of Commerce pushed for the bill, saying that authority was helpful to attract new jobs and industries to Georgia.
State environmental officials are taking back a pollution discharge permit they gave the King America textile plant in Screven County. Thousands of fish died in the Ogeechee River downstream from the plant last year.
Residents along Southeast Georgia's Ogeechee River are finding a powdery, white residue that's making them concerned about pollution again. The residue is on banks and trees and comes after two large fish kills in recent years.
Millions of dollars are vanishing through Georgia's aging and poorly-maintained water infrastructure. Preliminary data from water audits of the state's largest water utilities show, the average utility is losing about $17 million a year because pipes are leaking water and meters aren't counting gallons correctly.
Georgia's top environmental regulator wants to know the "bare minimum" budget needs of the state's 11 regional water councils. Environmental Protection Division Director Jud Turner sent council members a letter last month asking them for their essential needs after their main mission was accomplished last year.
Dozens of angry residents spoke against a new pollution permit for an East Georgia textile mill last night. About 200 people came to an emotional public hearing concerning the proposed permit for King America Finishing. The company is linked to last year's huge fish kill in the Ogeechee River.
State regulators are proposing new rules for some types of landfills to try to limit their numbers. The rules would apply to unknown numbers of largely unregulated "inert-waste" landfills. However, some who own the dumps worry about the regulations’ unintended consequences.
A Screven County textile mill has agreed to pay for third-party water-quality monitoring of the Ogeechee River in southeast Georgia after a record-setting fish kill last year. King America Finishing and the state Environmental Protection Division agreed the company would spend $1 million on what are called “supplemental environmental projects.”