through Thursday, November 17, GA-Gives Day
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November 18, 9:00 to 12:00, 2nd Annual Coastal Ecology Symposium, College
of Coastal Georgia, One College Dr., Brunswick, SE Georgia Conference
Center. Join students, scientists, and community leaders as we explore
advances and challenges in ecological research and natural resource management,
and discuss strategies to protect and sustain Georgia’s coastal environment.
Friday, December 2, GEC Holiday Social 5-7 PM, Toucans Ale
House, 2450 Perry Lane, Brunswick. Please join us. We are replacing this month’s 1st
Friday Lunch with an early evening social on Toucan’s deck to kick off the
We Have Been Working On
- The GEC,
in partnership with the UGA Eco-Scapes program, won the First Award at the
Glynn County Fair Garden Clubs of Georgia Flower Show for our educational
booth, “Native Plants of Coastal Georgia.”
Keren Giovingo helped us select plants, design the display, and provided
information. READ MORE about Eco-Scapes.
- GEC continues to follow the Dérivés Résiniques et Terpéniques (DRT)
recent purchase of Pinova (former Hercules
Plant) from Symrise AG for $150 million. The French company is taking
ownership of the Brunswick facility on L Street near the entrance to the F.J.
Torras Causeway. Symrise is retaining the Renessenz
Plant on Colonel’s Island. The GEC is
planning a tour of Renessenz, an organic chemicals manufacturer, in early
2017. READ PRESS RELEASE
GEC is practiced in disaster preparation with the recent tropical storm Hermine and Hurricane Matthew. We are looking
forward to getting the 1st Friday lunches back on track.
Creek passes the coal ash basin at Plant McManus. Photo: James Holland
- The GEC continues to monitor Georgia Power’s removal of the coal ash pond from Plant
McManus in Glynn County. Georgia Power reports the removal is around 30%
complete and expects to complete the project in early 2017. Two water samples had arsenic, which has been
reported to the Georgia EPD. The water
is under investigation under the Hazardous Site Response Act program. The coal ash
is being placed in a lined cell without other wastes, and financial assurances to
maintain the cells are in place at the Chesser
Island Landfill near Folkston.
- The GEC
2016 Safe Seafood program completed its fifth month with a new outreach
person, John Mahas, who started in early September. Thank you to Nicole Holt for her efforts in
the field from June through August and helping with development of the Safe
Seafood T-Shirt. The shirts are
available for $20 and help support the Safe Seafood project. An expanded Safe
Seafood program is proposed for long term funding under Superfund. READ
excess treated soil was moved inside the fences area of the site. The material will be moved in the near
- The Brunswick
Wood Preserving Superfund Site cleanup outside the underground containment
walls (called slurry walls) is nearing completion. The cover was planted and
has sprouted. Some excess treated
material will be removed from the site in the near future. READ MORE
Least Terns near the LCP Chemicals
Superfund Site contained high enough levels of chemicals to cause lower egg
production, physical and physiological abnormalities in offspring, immune
system disorders, and other adverse effects. Photo: Tim Keyes, GA-DNR.
- The LCP
Chemicals Superfund Site Consent Decree for the marsh cleanup and cover-up
was released on July 29th for public comment through September 6th.
The GEC submitted comments. Release of the Consent Decree starts the 3-year
clock on completing the Resource Damages
Claim. READ MORE
The wetland storm water retention
system was replaced with stone and drainage pipes.
- Savannah Army Corps
of Engineers (ACE) requested more information concerning the January 2016 GEC
request for enforcement action for wetland filling at the Inn at Sea Island.
The ACE Nationwide #39 Permit presented a building project while a different
Preliminary Plat Approval was approved by the Island Planning Commission. The
Final Plat Approval by Glynn County did not show the project proposed in the
approved ACE permit application and the now filled wetland was incorporated
into the landscaping design.
- WAIT, WAIT, WAIT…. We continue to wait for a response for these
projects and issues.
- Savannah Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) - The
GEC and other coastal organizations continue to wait for a response to comments
concerning the Sea Island Groin
- The Terry Creek Dredge Spoil Areas/Hercules
Outfall Site Proposed Plan comments on the cleanup and cover-up of the
outfall ditch were sent to the EPA in early September 2015. We are waiting for the release of the EPA
Responsiveness Summary and proposed Record of Decision. READ MORE
- The EPA Office of Inspector General Investigation (OIG)
has agreed to look further into the complaint from the GEC concerning the Terry
Creek Superfund Site. The focus is: 1.) Use of a toxaphene (polychloro camphene)
analytical method for decision-making previously found to be inappropriate by
the EPA OIG; and, 2.) An agreement between EPA Region 4 and Hercules Incorporated
to circumvent the Superfund community participation provisions and
participation in the decision-mailing process at the Terry Creek Dredge Spoil
Areas/Hercules Outfall Site. READ MORE
- The Harrington Road Boat Ramp remains a
concern for boaters and fishermen on St. Simons. Efforts continue to preserve
the only public access to creeks and protective waters.
- The Twitty Park Worth Saving initiative moved to court on August
made our first appearance before the Glynn County Superior Court, arguing that
Georgia law requires Glynn County to hold Twitty Park in public trust for its
citizens. Glynn County and SIA Propco II, LLC (aka Sea Island Company) argued
that a public park can be transferred to a private company and developed for
public and private roads. Obviously, we strongly disagree and will fight to
save Twitty Park. We await an initial ruling from the Court and encourage you
to contact your local elected representatives to remind them that the public
wants its parks and public assets held in public trust, not by private
companies. We are waiting for the ruling. READ MORE
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