Click here if you need a little background on the legal battles over pollution in the Ogeechee River.
From today’s Savannah Morning News, EPD director hard to serve in Ogeechee case:
Georgia’s top environmental regulator, Judson Turner, is proving a tough man on whom to serve legal papers.
More than three weeks after Ogeechee Riverkeeper attorneys filed a legal petition to force the director of the Environmental Protection Division to shut down unpermitted discharges from textile processor King America Finishing, he still has not been served the summons and complaint.
The Fulton County Sheriff’s Office tried to serve the papers on 11/21, 11/26, and 11/29. Now there’s a request for “special agent” to carry out the task.
Again from the SMN:
“At each attempt, the Sheriff’s Deputy attempting service was informed that Defendant was not present and that none of his agents or representatives would accept service on his behalf.”
EPD spokesman Kevin Chambers said there’s nothing unusual in the situation.
This lawsuit is a serious thing. It’s absurd that so much time of government employees should be wasted simply trying to serve papers to a state official who knows that a summons and complaint are on the way.
Maybe Turner should just go pick the papers up and save everyone this unnecessary time and expense. And then we can get back to the serious substance of the issue.