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Textile firm to fund US$ 1m eco projects for fish kill
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Sep '11
King America Finishing Inc. has agreed to finance US$ 1million worth of environmental projects to resolve a host of violations linked to a massive fish kill in May in the Ogeechee River.

The order has been passed by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) after investigations revealed that the Screven County based textile finishing plant had been violating the state Water Quality Control Act.

The investigations were ordered after 38,634 fish died along a 70-mile stretch of the river.

During the investigation, it was found that the textile firm had set up a fire retardant treatment process, resulting in generation of wastewater that was discharged into the Ogeechee River.

It found that for five years, the textile company had been discharging ammonia and formaldehyde into the black water stream that found its way into the Ogeechee River.

EPD has worked with King America Finishing to upgrade its wastewater treatment plant, restrict the discharge from the fire retardant process and widen the pollution monitoring programme.

As per the EPD order, King America will be required to comply with new operating rules. If it fails to invest at least US$ 1 million in environmental projects, the amount would then be turned into a standard fine.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India

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