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 email@example.com
1st Friday Lunch, February 3, 11 AM, UGA Marine Extension Service, 715 Bay St.,
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.
We Have Been Working On
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.
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.
- 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
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
- 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.
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.
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.
species, were examined in St. Simons Sound and found to have many physical
- 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
- 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
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