Textile plant to pay $1 million in Ogeechee River fish kill

Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011 1:56 PM
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The owners of a Screven County, Ga., textile plant agreed Wednesday to finance $1 million in environmental improvements to resolve a host of violations linked to a May fish kill in which 38,634 fish died along a 70-mile stretch of the Ogeechee River.

In a 22-page consent order prepared by Georgia’s Environmental Protection Division, King America Finishing Inc. agreed to address and correct violations of the state Water Quality Control Act that included the discharge of ammonia, formaldehyde and other substances into the river.

“During our investigation, it was discovered that the company had added a fire retardant treatment process that generated wastewater, which was ultimately discharged to the Ogeechee River in violation of their permit,” EPD spokesman Kevin Chambers said.

Although the cause of fish mortality is difficult to pinpoint, scientists think some of the fish might have succumbed to bacteria and disease after being weakened by a combination of toxic chemicals in the water. Low flows in the river and unseasonably warm weather might also have played a role, the order said.

Once EPD became aware of the unauthorized discharge, the company ceased operation. The division has worked with the company to upgrade its wastewater treatment plant, expand the monitoring program and restrict the hours that the fire retardant process is allowed to discharge.

“We are continuing to closely monitor the company’s discharge and will take further action if necessary to insure the safety of the river,” Chambers said.

The order requires the company to continue to comply with new operating rules imposed by state regulators, and to continue chemical and toxicity testing until further notice.

Although no civil fine was included in the order, the company agreed to invest at least $1 million in “supplemental environmental projects” that will improve compliance and better protect the environment. If the company fails to invest that sum on projects approved by the division, the sum would then become a standard fine.

Restocking of fish to the river is being managed by the Depart­ment of Natural Resources and did not need to be addressed in this order, Chambers said.

The agreement was signed by King America President Michael A. Beasley and EPD Director F. Allen Barnes.

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broad street narrow mind
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broad street narrow mind 09/21/11 - 01:13 pm
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is olin still spitting
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is olin still spitting mercury?

burninater
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burninater 09/21/11 - 01:25 pm
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It's the darn secularists

It's the darn secularists that are so picky about us not trashing ourselves and our planet. If they'd only accept that the real reward starts after we're dead, they wouldn't be so worked up about whether or not some company was putting whatever poisons they wanted out into the world. Cancer, ecosystem collapse, they're all part of the good Lord's plan, and the fact that it's cheaper to spill poisons that speed up our journey to Heaven make it pretty clear that the big guy's also a fervent deregulator. Pollution is Godly, regulation Satanic!

Cassandra Harris
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Cassandra Harris 09/21/11 - 01:29 pm
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burn - your comment makes me

burn - your comment makes me wish the AC had a like button.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 09/21/11 - 01:43 pm
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That, "never let a crisis go

That, "never let a crisis go to waste" must be genetic in Libs.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 09/21/11 - 01:56 pm
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BSNM, I don't know how

BSNM, I don't know how accurate it is but last I heard, Olin has layed off some workers and have closed part of their operation. They will be receiving shipments by truck of their product in from other locations instead of making it at the plant.

burninater
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burninater 09/21/11 - 02:03 pm
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Yes jtf, it comes from a

Yes jtf, it comes from a breeding stock distinct from the "never let the opportunity to exploit some people's denial of the fact of mortality go to waste" side of the family tree ...

justthefacts
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justthefacts 09/21/11 - 02:01 pm
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LOL.

LOL.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 09/21/11 - 02:06 pm
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According to an article

According to an article written 12/10/10, within 2 years Olin will eliminate the use of mercury at it's Augusta location. The plant has 75 full time employee's and 50 of those jobs will be eliminate. I do believe this has recently taken place.

OhWell
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OhWell 09/22/11 - 05:17 am
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If the Ogeechee was part of

If the Ogeechee was part of your heritage as it is mine you would want to see it unharmed. Apparently to offer a million to restore back to nature King knew what they were doing was environmentally wrong. Nature is not something we can buy back when it is destroyed.

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