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Public hearing over Ogeechee fish kill to take place Tuesday

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A public hearing with state regulators over King America Finishing polluting the Ogeechee River will take place Tuesday in Effingham County. 

The purpose of the hearing is to hear input from the public to help Environmental Protection Division officials with their plans of punishing King America Finishing. 

The EPD will review a $1 million consent order drawn up in October to address deficiencies the EPD discovered at the Screven County textile processor shortly after the May 2011 fish kill that left 38,000 fish dead in the river. 

"The comment period is open until March 15. Afterwards, we will take a look at the comments and see if we need to make any adjustments to the consent agreement. If it changes our thinking in any way with respect to conditions that are listed, we will evaluate all that and make a final decision," said Jeff Larson, assistant branch chief, EPD Watershed Protection Plant.

Tuesday's public hearing will begin at 7 p.m. at the Effingham County High School in Springfield.

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