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EPD yanks King America permit

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division pulled the wastewater discharge permit for King America Tuesday, deciding to take a closer look at pollution they say the plant is responsible for.

At this time, King America does not have to stop discharging, but the Ogeechee Riverkeeper hopes the state will decide otherwise. Donald Stack, attorney for the Ogeechee Riverkeeper, says he would like to see King America use other methods, like reverse osmosis, so they would not have to discharge.

The EDP is proposing a new consent order. A judge declared a previous one invalid over the summer, saying the public should have been allowed to comment. But, a few days later, King America got the permit.

King America isn't saying much at this time due to a lawsuit from the Ogeechee Riverkeeper. The company released this statement today from their attorney, Lee DeHihns.

"Due to pending litigation in the southern District of Georgia, and under the local rules we cannot talk to the press because of the pending tort cases and the pending Ogeechee Riverkeeper civil suit case."

This all comes after what's called the biggest fish kill in the state's history. Nearly 40,000 fish died last year below the company's outfall pipe into the river. The company was found to be discharging pollutants not covered in it's permit.

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