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Residents respond to Effingham settlement

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Effingham County and King America Finishing have reached a settlement on the Ogeechee River fish kill. Effingham County and King America Finishing have reached a settlement on the Ogeechee River fish kill.
Effingham County and King America Finishing have reached a settlement on the Ogeechee River fish kill. Effingham County and King America Finishing have reached a settlement on the Ogeechee River fish kill.
EFFINGHAM CO., GA (WTOC) -

Effingham County and King America Finishing have reached a settlement on the Ogeechee River fish kill, but they are not releasing details, including the amount of money the county will get.

The board used Savannah law firm Oliver Maner, LLP to obtain damages from King America Finishing after the May 2011 fish kill in the Ogeechee River,  as well as wastewater discharge into the river.

Once the settlement is signed by all parties, the amount of money will be released under the state's open records law. The money may be used to make improvements at the Steel Bridge Landing located where GA 119 crosses the Ogeechee River.

The commission released this statement to WTOC.

"In the interest of avoiding the time, expense and effort devoted to outcome-uncertain litigation, all parties have agreed that the best way to resolve this dispute is through out of court settlement."

WTOC also reached out to the Ogeechee Riverkeeper, who says she cannot comment because they do not have the specifics of their lawsuit or of the settlement terms.

Some say they are glad Effingham County will receive pay for the damage done from the spill.

Residents that actually live along the river say they were only offered a small amount from King America Finishing as part of their settlement. After taxes they say it's not worth it, but they hope Effingham reached a valuable settlement.

"The county had their opportunity to pursue it," said resident Jody Slater. "I guess they're happy with the amount. Basically let's not let them dump anymore, change the way they're doing business."

Many residents also questioned why Chatham County did not also pursue litigation. They are interested to see what the settlement was for.

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