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Posted: September 26, 2011 10:00 a.m.

Protesters criticize deal in fish kill case

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Protesters are criticizing a settlement that requires a textile firm to spend $1 million on environmental projects after investigators found its pollution likely contributed to a fish kill in the Ogeechee River.

The Savannah Morning News reports that (http://bit.ly/rphsPl ) about 150 people gathered on the river Sunday to show state officials they believed the settlement with King America Finishing Inc. was too lenient.

Investigators say they don't know exactly why nearly 39,000 fish died in May. But they say pollution from the plant coupled with warm weather and low water flows probably contributed to the die-off.

Ogeechee Riverkeeper Dianna Wedincamp says the required improvements aren't enough and that her organization may appeal the consent agreement. Former GOP gubernatorial candidate Eric Johnson urged the crowd to call their political leaders.

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