Rayonier, headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla., manages more than 690,000 acres of forest in Georgia, with 850 of its 918 employees in this state working at the Jesup mill.
Its operations were cited earlier this month by the Georgia Water Coalition in the group’s annual Dirty Dozen list of some of the state’s worst polluters.
The Altamaha Riverkeeper is working with the Atlanta-based GreenLaw. The law firm, working with the Ogeechee Riverkeeper, reached what some environmentalists called a historic settlement last week on a similar lawsuit against the King America Finishing plant in East Georgia. King America agreed to pay $6.8 million to help protect the Ogeechee River, including upgrades to the factory’s wastewater discharge system.