More than three years have passed since the environmental dispute between the Ogeechee Riverkeeper and King America Finishing developed. We have covered this river pollution matter various times in the past on this blog. As a reminder, in May 2011, about 38,000 fish were found dead in the river in Georgia, a significant loss that ultimately was connected to environmentally destructive discharge processes at the textile plant.
Despite vigilant environmentalists and environmental laws, wrongdoing still endangers the purity of waters in Georgia and beyond. In an effort to target the preventable water contamination in Georgia that is caused by lax rules or the lax following of environmental laws, local conservationists put together what's called the "Dirty Dozen" list every year.
Much of the United States and our everyday functions run on oil. Currently, that is just the fact of life. Oil is a commodity for which there is demand, but it doesn't get where it is wanted with a simple snap of the fingers. It is drilled and then transported. The oil industry and its moving parts can result in danger.
It is the constant balance act of determining what is best for business and also best for the environment. Hogs are at the center of a current environmental/business debate in Georgia.
The Clean Water Act exists as an effort to protect the quality of water in Georgia and throughout the entire U.S. The environmental legislation outlines various rules for entities to follow for them to run a business that is in line with the environmental expectations set in this country.
Statesboro, GA - On June 19, 2013, Chief Judge Lisa Godbey Wood of the U.S. District Court (Southern District of Georgia) ruled in favor of the Ogeechee Riverkeeper (ORK) in an attempt by King America Finishing to have the lawsuit against it brought by ORK dismissed in its entirety. The lawsuit against King America Finishing, Inc., owned by Chicago-based Westex, Inc. alleges that KAF has in the past and continues to this day to violate the federal Clean Water Act by continuing to discharge pollutants into the Ogeechee River. The suit filed by Stack & Associates and GreenLaw on behalf of ORK seeks to force KAF to cease such discharges and be held accountable for its contribution to the May 2011 fish kill that led to the death of nearly 40,000 fish of a dozen different species.
Often it can seem as though economic success and environmental protection cannot come hand-in-hand. But a recent legal settlement between envioronmental enthusiasts and the U.s. Army Coprs of Engineers proves that talking it out can truly lead to potential win-win situations.
The drama over the pollution in the Ogeechee River has gone on for almost two years now, since King America Finishing allegedly caused such pollution in the Georgia water that 38,000 fish died. According to The Savannah Morning News, the judge in the water contamination case has set a date for the beginning of the civil case involving 63 individual lawsuits.
Our previous post continued the story of struggle for those who have been fighting so hard to make some right out of the immeasurable wrong that's been done to Georgia's Ogeechee River. Not only is there still upset with King America Finishing for its pollution of the river that killed thousands of fish; there's still upset with the entity meant to put such environmental recklessness in-check.
Earlier this week, residents who live near the Ogeechee River in Georgia gathered. Many of them spoke before regulators from the Environmental Protection Division and used some choice words. Their hopes range from wanting to tell the EPD just how disappointed they are with the division's reaction to King America Finishing's destruction to pleading for the group to do right by the residents and put a stop to KAF's illegal discharge into the river.