Friday, January 17, 2013
SYLVANIA, Ga. (AP) -- A federal judge has signed an order approving a settlement between the Ogeechee Riverkeeper and a company linked to a massive fish kill.
The Savannah Morning News reports the judge's order requires King America to pay the Ogeechee Riverkeeper $2.5 million within 15 days to fund river protection efforts.
The Environmental Protection Division found that the company was discharging wastewater into the river from a fire retardant processing line without a permit in May of 2011. An estimated 39,000 fish died.
King America produces flame resistant fabrics used in clothing to protect workers in the electric utility, petrochemical, and steel mill industries.
In a statement, company officials say they're pleased the court has finalized its agreement with the Riverkeeper and the company looks forward to working with the organization.
(Copyright 2014, The Associated Press)