Erin Brockovich (File photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Erin Brockovich, the environmental advocate known for her fight against tainted groundwater in California, will be in Savannah this week to kick off an investigation and to support the Ogeechee Riverkeeper, reports the Savannah Morning News.
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In 2011, the river was the site of Georgia's largest fish kill. An estimated 38,000 fish died downstream from the King America Finishing textile factory. State regulators determined the factored operated a flame retardant line without a water discharge permit.
Brockovich's visit was prompted by an invitation from Ogeechee Riverkeeper. She is not accepting a fee or travel expenses for the appearance, the Savannah paper reports.
"We're not just coming to stir the pot," said Bob Bowcock, an environmental investigator who works with Brockovich. "We're coming to open an investigation. Erin likes to use her celebrity to call attention to things and get people to step up and do the right thing."
Brockovich will also attend a fundraiser Thursday in Atlanta. Proceeds from the $100-a-ticket gathering at the home of Krista Brewer and Gary Flack will go to GreenLaw's case on behalf of the Ogeechee Riverkeeper, the Savannah paper reports.