Savannah Riverkeeper to file suit for Reedy Creek spill

By: Staff Email
By: Staff Email
Kaolin slurry

A pipe busted and spilled what appears to be tons of what's known as slurry, kaolin in liquid form, near Warren County. (WRDW-TV / Jan. 2, 2012)

Friday, Jan. 13, 2012

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The Savannah Riverkeeper has filed a 60-day notice to file suit against KaMin Industries for a chemical spill in Reedy Creek.

The spill in early January dumped nearly 700 tons of kaolin in the river.

Savannah Riverkeeper Tonya Bonitatibus told News 12 Kamin Industries notified the Environmental Protection Division of the spill on the property.

Reedy Creek feeds into Brier Creek. Brier Creek had a large spill and fish kill last fall that killed 10,000 fish.

"Our investigation has shown Reedy Creek and its surrounding wetlands were heavily impacted with this over 670 tons of kaolin slurry, and it is our intention to ensure that remediation activities are done in a proper fashion. The wetland areas serve as the kidneys of the water system and failure to properly remediate the damages done to these areas will not only continue to harm the wetlands themselves, but all of the water flowing downstream," Bonitatibus said in a news release.

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1212 Augusta, GA 30903 Main Telephone: (803) 278-1212 Newsroom: (803) 278-3111 Fax: (803) 442-4561
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