A coastal-area environmental group and five public agencies have come together to clear up confusion about fish advisories in the Brunswick area. The partnership aims to put in one place the myriad advice fishermen receive about which fish to eat, where to catch them and how much is too much. State officials produce a 60 page book on the topic.
People living along the Ogeechee River in South Georgia are demanding third party oversight of the waterway. They don’t trust the Environmental Protection Division to oversee a company that was illegally polluting the river for years. After a massive fish kill in May, the EPD found King America Finishing Company had been dumping flame retardant into the river illegally for five years.
State environmental officials announced a settlement of charges against an East Georgia textile plant linked to a massive fish kill in May. King America Finishing has agreed to pay for $1 million in yet-to-be-named improvements on the Ogeechee River. The settlement says, the plant illegally dumped a fire retardant into the river.
Coastal water planners are set to vote this week on a regional plan to encourage less water use. The plan doesn't mandate conservation, but does support a five year old permitting process limiting how much water can be withdrawn from groundwater sources. The permits limit the Savannah-area to 2006 levels of water withdraws.
The Ogeechee Riverkeeper says, tests show new and disturbing pollution levels in the East Georgia waterway. The jump in formaldehyde levels comes months after tens of thousands of fish died in the river in May. Riverkeeper Diana Wedincamp says, this past weekend people started reporting more dead fish on the river.
A proposed coal plant in middle Georgia has tightened its air permits per a court order. But environmental groups say the plant still won’t comply with a proposed federal rule scheduled to come out this fall.
More than half the water in Georgia is used to make electricity. From nuclear to hydro-power, just about every river in the state has some kind of power plant on its banks. But as Georgia’s population and energy needs grow, there are concerns about the health of rivers, especially in times of drought.
Imperial Sugar has agreed to pay $80,000 to settle multiple charges that the company violated Georgia's clean water standards. The state Environmental Protection Division says, the company sent sugary wastewater down drains leading to the river. The violations could have occurred as a result of idled or new equipment since the 2008 explosion that killed 14 people.
State officials plan to shut off an air quality monitor in Brunswick, despite high levels of air pollution there. The automated monitor tracks sulfur dioxide and shows Brunswick's air has Georgia's highest level of the irritating chemical compound. An environmental group says, shutting off the monitor will hurt efforts to clean the air.