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.
The Ogeechee Riverkeeper's case seeks to have a court fine King America for its pollution of the river and to issue an order stopping the illegal discharge. The new lawsuit was filed coincidentally on the same day, Monday, that the Riverkeeper won a ruling in a separately moving legal fight involving the fish kill.
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.
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.
Southeast Georgia residents angry about last year's fish kill on the Ogeechee River are expected at a public hearing. State officials are proposing stricter limits and more monitoring for a Screven County textile factory being sued over the episode. The permit would allow the company to discharge chemicals such as and formaldehyde into the river.
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 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.”