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Georgia state officials ban fishing in contaminated creek near plant fire


Georgian state environmental officials are warning the public not to consume fish taken from a creek near a chemical plant in Milledgeville that was the scene of a fire on Oct. 21.

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division says chemicals from the Zschimmer & Schwarz fire caused a fish kill in Fishing Creek.

"The potential damage is concerning. We can’t really consume these fish anymore," Christian Briggs, a Georgia College and State University student told WMAZ.

As of Friday, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division is warning people not to eat fish out of Fishing Creek.

Wayne Johnson, the Baldwin County Emergency Management Agency director, says the county is also advising people to not eat fish out of the Oconee River since Fishing Creek flows into it. 

A partial list of chemical EPD found in the creek includes phosphetal C810-4, a lubricant; glycol ether DB, a solvent and sorbitanmonolaurate and sorbitan monooleate, both food additives.

On Tuesday, Zschimmer and Schwarz released a statement about the fire.

"Damage to plants and buildings as well as potential contamination due to leakage of extinguishing water or product are currently being examined," the press release said. "A hazmat team that has been called to the scene supports decontamination measures and the cleaning of the laboratories."

The cause of the fire is still unclear and currently is being investigated. Zschimmer & Schwarz said in the release they are cooperating with authorities.

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