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GEC News, Events, & Updates - January 2017

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Upcoming Events



GEC 4th Annual Bowl-A-Thon, Friday January 27, 2017, 6:30 PM, The Strike Zone, 380 Millennium Blvd., Brunswick. No experience necessary! Join us for bowling, laughs, & snacks. Play individually or ask friends to put together a team of four. $10 each includes 3 games & shoe rental. Get your friends to sponsor your participation with a donation in your honor or get pledges for a set amount per pin. To participate, call 912-466-0934 or email

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GEC 1st Friday Lunch, February 3, 11 AM, UGA Marine Extension Service, 715 Bay St., Brunswick.  James Holland, former Altamaha Riverkeeper, is a dedicated protector of our coast. James is passionate about wildlife and has photographed nature will share a photographic presentation of wildlife in the Altamaha.  Lunch afterwards at Maggie Mae’s, 205 Gloucester St., Brunswick.

What We Have Been Working On

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Residents waited in line to object to siting a landfill in Brantley County at the December 22 meeting.  Those holding the meeting refused to identify themselves or where the landfill would be located, and did not answer questions.

A Municipal Landfill in Brantley County was proposed at the December 21 public meeting at the Brantley County Courthouse.  The attorney from Macon and others representing the company, Brantley County Development Partners, LLC, would not identify themselves or where the landfill would be located, other than to say between Waynesville and Atkinson. The GEC is working with the Brantley County residents and the GA-EPD to learn more about the proposed landfill. UPDATE – On January 3, the Brantley County Commission passed four motions to reinstate the prohibition on landfills in the County.  The GEC has obtained part of the Landfill Permit Application submitted to the GA-EPD on December 29, and the GA-EPD’s Notice of Deficiency Letter sent January 6.

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- The GEC 2016 Safe Seafood program wrapped up on December 15th. John Mahas and Nicole Holt outreach resulted in to 2,421 brochures being distributed in fishing areas, engaged and spoke at length with 747 fishers, and provided supplemental information to women. Fishers from 30 nearby Georgia Counties and 6 States fished in the advisory area and trailer boats to the advisory area. Advisory brochures were provided to 315 fishers at boat ramps and launching facilities. READ MORE


- Dérivés Résiniques et Terpéniques (DRT) completed the purchase of Pinova (former Hercules Plant) from Symrise AG for $150 million on December 9. The French company will take ownership of the Brunswick facility on L Street near the entrance to the F.J. Torras Causeway. Symrise will retain the Renessenz Plant on Colonel’s Island.  The GEC is planning a tour of Renessenz, an organic chemicals manufacturer, for April 7.  The Renessenz Plant name will be changed to Symrise and DRT will retain the Pinova name.



- The EPA Office of Inspector General Investigation (OIG) looked further into the complaint from the GEC concerning the Terry Creek Superfund Site and requested a response from EPA Region 4 in Atlanta.  According to EPA Region 4, the complaint will be addressed in the response to public comments on the Terry Creek Dredge Spoils Outfall Site June 2015 Proposed Plan.  The focus of the complaint are: 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 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 35% 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 will be investigated 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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L to R - GEC Board member Ellen Smith, EPA Remedial Project Manager Brian Farrier, Skeo Solutions Ryan Burdge & Alison Cattani, and EPA Community Involvement Coordinator Angela Miller met at the Brunswick Wood Preserving Superfund Site to tour the remediated areas and conduct a Five-Year Review interview.

- The Brunswick Wood Preserving Superfund Site cleanup outside the underground containment walls (called slurry walls) was completed in late 2016. The cover was planted and has sprouted.  Some excess treated material remains and is scheduled for removal from the site in the near future. Currently, the second Five-Year Review is underway the report is expected later this year. READ MORE

- WAIT, WAIT, WAIT…. We continue to wait for a response for these projects and issues.

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- Coal ash and trash …. Out of state and Interstate Commerce Act.  What will be done with the coal ash? Will the question, “Where will the coal ash be placed” be answered in 2017?


- 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 Georgia Court of Appeals upheld the Coastal Marshlands Protection Committee approval of the project.


Dolphins, sentinel species, were examined in St. Simons Sound and found to have many physical problems.

- 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 on the Consent Decree and continues to check with the local Federal Superior Court for the hearing date. READ MORE

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- 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 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 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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