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Riverkeeper seeks to cut off discharge into Ogeechee

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The Ogeechee Riverkeeper is trying to get a Screven County court to shut off King America Finishing's flame retardant line into the river.

Pollutants such as ammonia, formaldehyde and hydrogen peroxide were coming out of that line into the river, according to a report by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division on the May 2011 fish kill.

In a petition filed this week, the riverkeeper claims King America is violating the federal Clean Water Act by dumping pollutants into the river from its two unpermitted flame retardant lines.

"They don't have a permit to discharge their wastewater. That is a direct violation of the Clean Water Act," said Emily Markesteyn, Ogeechee Riverkeeper executive director. 

The petition seeks to cut off the flow immediately.

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