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GEC News, Events, & Updates - November 2016
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Thanks to Kenny Nobles and Jeff Jones for photos.

 




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Upcoming Events

 

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NOW through Thursday, November 17, GA-Gives Day
Your donations are matched dollar-for-dollar!
Go to www.glynnenvironmental.org or the secure Ga-Gives Day link.


Friday, 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.


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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 holiday season.


What We Have Been Working On

 

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- 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.


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- 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


-  The 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.

 

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Burnett 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.


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- 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 MORE


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The excess treated soil was moved inside the fences area of the site.  The material will be moved in the near future.

 

- 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


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 The 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


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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 permit.

 

- 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


 

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- 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 


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- 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.


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- The Twitty Park Worth Saving initiative moved to court on August 9th. We 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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