Effingham County seeks money from King America | savannahnow.com

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Effingham County seeks money from King America | savannahnow.com

Effingham County commissioners have agreed to have a Savannah law firm try to get damages for the county from King America Finishing for a May 2011 fish kill on the Ogeechee River.

Commissioners voted unanimously on June 18 to allow Commission Chairman Wendall Kessler to execute a contract with Oliver Maner LLP for their engagement in the matter.

The deal calls for the county to invest no money in the effort. The law firm will be paid only if a settlement is reached.

Kessler said he heard that some people who own property on the Ogeechee River in Effingham County were receiving settlement payments from the plant, which is in Screven County.

In May 2011, the Ogeechee was the site of a fish kill that left 38,000 fish dead, one of the largest fish kills in state history. The 70-mile kill zone began just below King America Finishing’s discharge pipe.

An investigation by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division officially linked the dead fish to a bacterial infection but also revealed the company’s fire retardant processing line had been operating without a pollution permit since its inception in 2006.

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