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.
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.
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.
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 Screven County textile mill is defending a $1 million agreement with regulators over this year's massive fish kill in the Ogeechee River. The deal's critics are suing to stop the deal. They say, officials let the mill off light by not fining the company millions more in penalties. Company officials, however, say, there's no guarantee fines would have gone to protect the river.
The Ogeechee Riverkeeper is challenging Georgia's response to a massive fish kill in May traced to a Screven County textile mill. Environmental Protection Division officials and King America Finishing Company negotiated an agreement last month that lets the company avoid fines. Instead, it will spend $1 million on unspecific river improvement projects.
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.
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.