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.
Georgians affected by the illegal pollution of the Ogeechee River for the past five years aren’t satisfied with the Environmental Protection Division’s handling of the case. The EPD reached a one million dollar settlement with the company even though, under Georgia law, the fine could have been much higher.
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.
Environmental advocates say recent tests of the Ogeechee River, where thousands of fish died in May, still show high levels of contaminants. Ogeechee Riverkeeper Dianna Wedincamp said fish are still dying.
An environmental group is filing suit against a Screven County textile factory in the wake of May's massive Southeast Georgia fish kill. The Ogeechee Riverkeeper is the second group to launch a legal fight against King America Finishing.
Federal environmental officials say, it might be impossible to know just what led to thousands of fish dying in Southeast Georgia's Ogeechee River. The US Environmental Protection Agency released a memo this week saying, a common bacteria caused the kill. But biologists already knew that and river-watchers really want to know what made the fish suceptible to the bacteria.
Georgia's Saxby Chambliss is joining 12 other US Senators in calling on Food and Drug Administration officials to relax seafood advice for pregnant women. The Senators say, the agency's guidelines to avoid fish because of mercury are not consistent with new federal dietary recommendations.
State environmental officials don't want people to fish in the Ogeechee River until they can find out what killed thousands of fish. A massive fish kill late last week stunk up the meandering Southeast Georgia waterway. The state Environmental Protection Division blamed a bacteria not known to harm humans.