Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011
DOVER, Ga. -- In a statement released today, King America Finishing says it has agreed to a consent order with the Georgia Environmental Protection Division to resolve allegations that they violated the water discharge permit. As a result, Georgia water quality regulations were also violated because of certain operations at its plant in Dover, Ga.
According to the consent order, the company will submit two plans to EPD within 90 days. One will be a Supplemental Environmental Project plan to “undertake water-related, environmentally beneficial projects totaling at least $1 million in the Ogeechee River watershed.” The other plan will be for analysis of the plant's wastewater treatment system to see if any system improvements are necessary.
King America says they are not aware of any operations that would have affected water quality or the fish in the Ogeechee River. The order quotes a previous memo from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that stated "It may be impossible to ever know for certain exactly what happened," referring to the May 2011 fish kill.
The statement from King America goes on to say, “We are doing everything we can to make sure the Ogeechee River is protected. Our employees and their families treasure the Ogeechee River. They spend a lot of time around and in the river and know what an important environmental and recreational resource it is. Our employees and their families enjoy special moments on the river as they swim, fish, canoe or just simply ponder the world from a peaceful sand bar or outcropping.”