The Ogeechee Riverkeeper, state environmental officials and a Screven County textile mill have settled their legal disputes on the Ogeechee River. A series of announcements Wednesday ends two years of wrangling that followed the state's largest fish kill in 2011. The mill, King America, has agreed to pay a $1.3 fine.
Effingham County has reached an out-of-court settlement with King America Finishing Inc. for undisclosed damages linked to a massive fish kill in the Ogeechee River. County Attorney Eric Gotwalt told the Savannah Morning News the amount of the settlement will be disclosed under state open records laws after all parties have signed it.
Despite the Ogeechee River fish population making a comeback after a massive fish kill in 2011, some anglers say they're not rushing to eat them just yet. An estimated 39,000 fish died in 2011 near a King America Finishing outfall pipe that was discharging into the river without a permit.
The company at the center of lawsuits stemming from a massive fish kill has agreed to pay dozens of landowners on the Ogeechee River. King America Finishing announced the settlements late Friday. The company also says it's paying a state fish hatchery to restock the river with juvenile American shad. That amounts to hundreds of thousands more recreational and commercial fish.
Southeast Georgia's Effingham County could become the latest property owner to sue King America Finishing. Officials recently hired an attorney to study a case against the Screven County textile mill, which many residents blame for a massive 2011 fish kill on the Ogeechee River.
A federal judge is allowing key parts of a lawsuit to go forward against King America Finishing. The Screven County textile mill is the defendant in a case that stems from the May 2011 fish kill in the Ogeechee River. The judge dismissed all but four claims.
The Georgia Environmental Protection Division has released a new draft wastewater discharge permit for an east Georgia textile mill. Now that a new analysis is complete, the EPD is seeking public comment on the updated permit.
An Augusta non-profit wants state regulators to change their minds about who they want to conduct water monitoring on the Ogeechee River. Georgia Environmental Protection Division officials last year chose Georgia Southern University as the institution to study the river after a massive fish kill in 2011. The GSU study would take place over three years but could last longer.
California environmental activist Erin Brockovich says she's starting an investigation into the health of the Ogeechee River. An estimated 38,000 fish died in the Southeast Georgia river last year. Area residents blame a Screven County textile plant and lax environmental regulators.
U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson has cut short a study of whether the federal government should crack down on pollution of the Ogeechee River. Isakson’s interest came in the wake of the largest fish kill in state history in the river last year.