A $1 million fine is hefty penalty, but a group of citizens who met Sunday are dissatisfied with the Georgia Environmental Protection Division's consent order that demands a local textiles company use that money to fund $1 million in environmental improvements.
It's not enough, some said.
A crowd of about 300 met Sunday afternoon at Dasher's Landing in Blitchton to discuss the Ogeechee River, as well as the EPD order against King America Finishing. After Ogeechee Riverkeeper Diana Wedincamp and citizens filed complaints following a massive fish kill in May, the EPD conducted an investigation and found the plant in violation of its permits.
Wedincamp and others at the meeting said the order is insufficient and called for citizens to contact legislators, the EPD and Gov. Nathan Deal to demand further action.
King America Finishing has been in violation of its permits, illegally dumping chemicals into the river, since 2006, said EPD reports.
Wedincamp said the Ogeechee Riverkeeper Organization has filed several past complaints, including one in 2006.
Further details regarding Sunday's meeting will be available in Tuesday's Statesboro Herald an on statesboroherald.com