Georgia pulp mill accused of polluting Altamaha River. How is the state responding?

By Gautama Mehta
The Telegraph
October 17, 2022
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US East

The Georgia town of Jesup is home to the world’s largest producer of a highly refined wood pulp used in cigarette filters and LCD screens. The Rayonier Advanced Materials pulp mill is Wayne County’s largest industrial employer. But the mill has also been known since the 1950s as a polluter of the Altamaha River, into which it discharges some 50-to-60 million gallons a day of effluent. …Local environmentalists are seeking to block the renewal of the plant’s discharge permit, which is up for its periodic review by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division. The Southern Environmental Law Center submitted a report to the EPD on behalf of the Altamaha Riverkeeper arguing it would be illegal for the agency to grant Rayonier the draft discharge permit put forward for public comment last month. …A Rayonier spokesperson, said that the SELC’s “characterization is patently false.”

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