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GEORGIA ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DIVISION ISSUES EMERGENCY ORDER TO INLAND-ROME PULP MILL

 ATLANTA, July 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Staff of the Environmental Protection Division (EPD) and the Wildlife Resources Division (WRD) of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) investigated a fish kill in the Coosa River July 14-15.
 The investigation showed the fish kill was caused by poorly treated wastewater from the Inland-Rome pulp mill.
 The pulp mill has a permit to discharge treated wastewater into the Coosa River at limitations which will protect the river. Due to an upset in the mill several days ago, the mill's wastewater treatment system is violating the permit conditions. The Coosa River is being severely impacted due to low flow levels, high water temperatures due to hot weather and the high strength waste from Inland-Rome.
 The pulp mill's wastewater depletes the oxygen in the Coosa River; however, the pollutants being discharged are not considered toxic to humans. The fish kill is a result of the low oxygen level in the river. The dissolved oxygen standard for the Coosa River is a daily average of 5.0 parts per million (ppm) and no less than 4.0 ppm at all times. The dissolved oxygen testing done on the river by EPD on July 14 and 15 showed levels less than 1.0 ppm at the Georgia-Alabama state line.
 Harold Reheis, director of EPD, has issued an emergency order to the Inland-Rome pulp mill requiring the mill to immediately shut down until they can comply with their discharge permit. EPD will take additional enforcement action for violations of the Georgia Water Quality Act and for damages from the fish kill.
 DNR will continue to monitor the conditions in the Coosa River until the river has stabilized or recovered. Reheis has also asked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to release additional water from Lake Allatoona for the next three days. This will further dilute the pulp mill's wastewater and minimize the impact on the Coosa River and Lake Weiss. The Corps of Engineers has agreed to do so.
 -0- 7/16/93
 /CONTACT: Alan Hallum, branch chief, water protection branch of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, 404-656-4708/


CO: Georgia Department of Natural Resources Environmental Protection
 Division; Inland-Rome ST: Georgia IN: ENV SU: EXE


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