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.
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.
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.”
An administrative law judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the Ogeechee Riverkeeper over a massive fish kill last year. The The non-profit sought to overturn an agreement between state officials and a textile mill. The Riverkeeper says, the fish kill harmed its members.
An outgoing member of Georgia's Department of Natural Resources board is taking aim at Governor Nathan Deal. Deal chose not to re-appoint Newnan insurance agent Warren Budd to another term on the board overseeing environmental protection. Budd says, insiders told him it's because he's in synch with environmental groups on some issues.
The Georgia Water Coalition has put the Ogeechee River in southeast Georgia at the top of a new list of dirty Georgia waterways. The coalition representing 180 groups and businesses is highlighting the Ogeechee after a massive fish kill soiled the river in May. The Altamaha is at number two on the list because of Jesup's Rayonier paper mill.
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.