(By: Joe Raedle Getty Images News)
SPRINGFIELD, Ga. (AP) - A hearing has been scheduled for the public to provide input on a plan to penalize a textile company in a river pollution case.
The Georgia Environmental Protection Division is meeting with the public Tuesday evening at Effingham County High School in Springfield - about 25 miles northwest of Savannah.
The hearing is an effort to get public input on a potential plan to penalize King America Finishing. Inspections revealed the company had been discharging wastewater for five years from an unpermitted fire retardant line into the Ogeechee River.
An estimated 39,000 fish died in 2011 below the company's outfall pipe into the river. Investigators said pollution was likely among several factors that weakened the fish.
WTOC-TV reports the hearing is set for 7 p.m.
(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)