GSU students share findings on health impact of Ogeechee spill

STATESBORO, GA (WTOC) - Georgia Southern University student researchers investigating the potential health impact of the Ogeechee River spill presented their findings at the Statesboro Regional Library March 3 at 1 p.m.

The students surveyed river residents and found symptoms of intestinal issues, headaches and skin rashes that the students said go with exposure to formaldehyde.

A state environmental report found high levels of chemicals near a discharge site for nearby King America Finishing, Inc.

Environmental groups hope others will pay attention to the report.

"This is a stepping stone, a great stepping stone. We now hope other schools in addition to Georgia Southern, will study the river and the health issues," said Diana Wedincamp, Ogeechee Riverkeeper.

The state has imposed a one million dollar fine against King Finishing. Many of the people at today's meeting are part of a class action lawsuit over the river.

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