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Some Ogeechee River civil suits still pending
But more than 60 resolved so far
Ogeechee discharge Web
At least four civil suits against a Screven County textiles plant claiming property damage caused by Ogeechee River pollution remain pending, while more than 60 such suits have been resolved.In the aftermath of what has been touted as the largest fish kill in the Ogeechee River history, property owners along the river filed numerous suits against King America Finishing.About 38,000 fish were found dead along 70 miles of river downstream from the plant in May 2011. After many pointed fingers at the textiles plant, which discharges waste into the river, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division discovered the plant’s fire retardant lines were operating without a permit.King America Finishing continues to discharge without a permit while EPD officials review public input regarding a proposed consent order regarding the issue.According to Bulloch County Clerk of Court records, 63 cases were consolidated in April by Bulloch County Superior Court Judge John R. Turner and have been resolved by court action, mediation or dismissal. The case and resolution details are sealed.At least four cases remain active in the Bulloch County Superior Court, according to court records.
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