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.
Thirty-eight thousand fish turned up dead in East Georgia's Ogeechee River two years ago today. At the time, the company at the center of the controversy was violating a permit to discharge waste into the river. It's since been seeking a permanent, legal permit.
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.
Forecasters say the Ogeechee River remained above flood level in coastal Georgia, but was expected to begin receding Monday afternoon. The water level was at 13.64 feet early Sunday afternoon. Flood stage is 9 feet.