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 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.
The Ogeechee River in southeast Georgia is still recovering from the biggest fish kill in Georgia history. This week the state released thousands of fish to help restore the river. When the kill happened in May, the state Environmental Protection Division launched an investigation. It found a textile company had been illegally polluting the river for five years.