Textile processing company King America Finishing has agreed to provide US$1m for environmental improvements after its Georgia plant was linked to the deaths of thousands of fish.

Nearly 39,000 fish were killed along the Ogeechee River in May, and the state’s Environmental Protection Division (EPD) has connected the deaths to a fire retardant process used by the company, which generated wastewater discharged into the river.

Officials then worked with the company to improve its wastewater treatment plant, restricting the fire retardant process’s hours of operation and increasing monitoring of the plant.

Under an order issued by the EPD, King America must continue to comply with the new operating rules, continuing tests on toxicity and chemicals until further notice.

It is understood that no fine has been imposed on the company, as long as it invests at least $1m in environmental projects approved by EPD officials.