KING AMERICA FINISHING TO PAY $1 MILLION
King America Finishing was ordered to submit plans to undertake supplemental environmental projects in the amount of $1 million. This is the result of several months of investigation by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division.
Since May, when the EPD was notified of after they received phone calls about thousands of dead fish found in the Ogeechee River.
There were so many dead fish (approximately 38,000)that people who live along the river called it the dead sea. They're upset and are happy that King American Finishing in Screven County is being held accountable.
The Georgia EPD will require the company to do $1 million worth of Supplemental Environmental Projects.
The fish kill started just below the King Finishing discharge line and non-permitted chemicals were found, according the EPD. The Effingham County Emergency Management Director Walter Wright said they are happy about Wednesday's report.
"It's good to know where the actual chemicals are coming from, my job is to make sure citizens in Effingham County are safe," he said.
CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO ON THE 300,000 fish restocked into the Ogeechee River.
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THE GOOD NEWS!
FISH HABITAT GETS $3 MILLION IN FUNDING
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will provide more than $3.4 million to support 84 fish habitat projects in 38 states across the nation under the National Fish Habitat Action Plan (NFHAP). An additional $9.8 million in partner contributions, over $13.2 million in total, will go toward restoring and enhancing stream, lake and coastal habitat, as well as improving recreational fishing and helping endangered species.
The funding is provided for priority projects identified through seventeen Fish Habitat Partnerships established under the NFHAP. The partnerships strategically direct funding and other resources to habitat improvement projects offering the highest long-term conservation returns for aquatic species.
CALIFORNIA PE's TOLD THEY CAN'T BE THE ONLY ONES TO WRITE SWPPPs
As states and special interests try to figure out who can and can't be responsible for SWPPP design and implementation, the California Assembly Bill 1210, which was introduced last February, was vetoed on October 9 by California Governor Jerry Brown. The bill could have limited the practice of certain stormwater activities to those holding a civil engineering degree, rather than allowing people with other qualifications-such professional landscape architects or holders of CPESCor CPSWQ certifications-to perform activities such as designing or approving stormwater pollution prevention plans (SWPPPs).
In his letter to the California State Assembly vetoing the bill, Brown noted that the bill would exempt licensed civil engineers from training requirements related to the preparation of SWPPPs, but that, since many SWPPPs "are found to be deficient," he would prefer to see more comprehensive training for all professionals involved in preparing them.
SEDIMENT, EROSION AND TURBIDITY CONTROL WORKSHOPS
MAN DISCHARGES HYDROCHLORIC ACID
INTO DRY CREEK
SHOULD SOMEONE GO TO JAIL FOR
DEWATERING A SITE WITH HYDROCHLORIC ACID?
What do you think?
On July 20, 2011, Henson pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor violation of the Clean Water Act. Henson is awaiting sentencing. He faces up to one year in prison and a $100,000 fine.
On May 24, 2007, a tank at the site leaked hydrochloric acid onto the bermed surface of the well, which also was flooded due to recent heavy rainfall. Rather than taking the necessary steps to properly remove the rainwater from the site, Gabriel Henson, an IPS supervisor, drove a company pickup truck through the earthen berm, causing the discharge of the rainwater and an estimated 400-700 gallons of hydrochloric acid into Dry Creek, a tributary of Boggy Creek.