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.
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.
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.
An environmental group is asking state officials to force a textile factory to stop discharges into the Ogeechee River. The nonprofit Ogeechee Riverkeeper filed court papers Tuesday in Screven County Superior Court, alleging that King America Finishing has operated a fire retardant line without a state permit.
State environmental officials are taking back a pollution discharge permit they gave the King America textile plant in Screven County. Thousands of fish died in the Ogeechee River downstream from the plant last year.