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EPD head concedes public distrust
Agency to hold public hearing Tuesday
The state Environmental Protection Division will hold a public hearing Tuesday on King America Finishing’s draft permit to discharge into the Ogeechee River, and agency director Jud Turner said he wants to meet with area residents soon.Turner said he is open to conducting a forum with Ogeechee River basin residents to discuss what has happened since the massive fish kill nearly two years ago and what it is being done now.“I’m going to be down in the basin and find the right forum to have a healthy conversation where we can start,” he said. “I’m not under any illusions that everybody is going to want to praise EPD at the end of the day. But we ought to work off the facts and hope we can find the right vehicles to do that.”A white paper on the river, which was the suggestion of Effingham County Commissioner Vera Jones, was released in March.
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