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EPD holds public hearing on Ogeechee River

Published: May. 8, 2013 at 1:13 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 6, 2013 at 11:34 PM EDT
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EFFINGHAM CO., GA (WTOC) - Concerned residents are speaking out about the Ogeechee river.

Many voiced their concerns during a public meeting Tuesday night about the river and King America Finishing's impact.

The Environmental Protection Division is currently reviewing a $1 million consent order drawn up that includes supplemental environmental projects that are to benefit the river.

A proposed wastewater discharge permit for King America is currently on public notice.

"We had already issued a permit last year, but we withdrew it based on a challenge from the Ogeechee river keeper," said EPD Water Shed Protection Plant assistant branch chief Jeff Larson. "They appealed the permit. They wanted a certain analysis done. We didn't entirely agree with it. It was an antidegradation analysis. In the interest of not delaying the permit any longer we withdrew that permit. We are out with a new draft permit."

The comment period is open until May 15. The EPD will then take a look at the comments and see if they need to make any changes to the consent agreement.

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