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Ogeechee study to be revealed today
GSU to unveil research findings at Boro library
Web Ogeechee
A dead fish rots on the shore of the Ogeechee River near U.S. 301 last May.
A presentation today will reveal results of a study concerning possible health effects stemming from last May’s chemical spill in the Ogeechee River.Representatives and students with Georgia Southern University’s Nursing Department will discuss “An Exploratory Study of the Ogeechee River Chemical Spill and Subsequent Fish Kill on Human Health,” from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Statesboro Regional Library on South Main St.The presentation will include research findings by Lynsey Johnson, Danny West, Chelsea Allen, Ryan Dyson, Ben Strozzo, and Dr. Marian Tabi, PHD, RN.An investigation launched last May by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) after 38,000 fish floated to the banks of the Ogeechee for 70 miles south of the King America Finishing discharge pipe in Dover found King in violation of its discharge permits.In August, EPD officials issued a consent order requiring the plant to fund $1 million in river improvements, but the Ogeechee Riverkeeper filed an appeal claiming the penalty was not severe enough. In January, Judge Lois Oakley ordered Dianna Wedincamp with the Riverkeeper, and others, to “meet with King America Finishing and work on a solution to the consent order.”Wedincamp also will speak Saturday at the library about river pollution. While the Ogeechee once was considered one of the state’s most pristine rivers, the Ogeechee Riverkeeper organization has protested pollution from various industries for years.
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