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Statement: King America Finishing

Statement from King America Finishing:

Recent Fish Deaths Unrelated to King America Finishing

Company continues to meet water quality standards

On May 23, 2012, King America Finishing was informed by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) that EPD received a report of dead fish near the intersection of Highway 301 and the Ogeechee River. Within 20 minutes of receiving the notification, King America Finishing personnel met EPD staff at the Highway 301 bridge and observed only living, thriving fish. The company has since learned from EPD that dead minnows, fish, and crawfish have been found several miles from its facility. The company has no reason to believe these or any subsequently reported deaths are in any way related to its ongoing efforts to protect the Ogeechee River.

Since July 2011, the company has been actively monitoring discharge into the Ogeechee River on a daily basis for various chemicals including ammonia and formaldehyde in addition to the monitoring that is required under its permit. The company has also conducted regular, weekly monitoring of the river 25 feet upstream and downstream of its discharge pipe and has found no high-levels of threatening chemicals.

Additionally, the 3 most recent 48-hour acute toxicity tests performed by an independent accredited laboratory on water collected from the discharge pipe between May 19 and May 21 indicated no observed toxicity on test organisms. All recent testing results by King America Finishing and the company's contractor have been regularly reported to the EPD and show the river meets water quality standards without any areas of concern.

King America Finishing remains firmly committed to working closely with the EPD to ensure the safety of wildlife and residents along the river. The company will continue its efforts to maintain water quality standards and protect the river from future harm.


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