Georgia Judge denies pollution shutdown order on Ogeechee River

The Ogeechee Riverkeeper has lost an effort to force the shutdown of unpermitted pollution from a Screven County textile processor.

In a judgement issued last week, Spalding County Superior Court Judge Christopher C. Edwards found that the state’s top pollution regulator, Environmental Protection Division Director Judson Turner, “acted reasonably under the circumstances and consistent with the provisions of the Georgia Water Quality Control Act” in allowing the discharge to continue.

Georgia law affords the director enforcement discretion, saying he may order a violator’s activity to cease but not that he must do so, Edwards ruled.

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