Friday Lunch, September 2, 11 AM, Captain Joe’s Seafood, 5296 New Jesup Hwy,
Brunswick. Beth Roach, part of No Ash at All, the Wayne
County community group, is speaking on their fight to stop millions of tons of
coal ash annually from being dumped at Wayne County’s Broadhurst Land Fill.
Roach will discuss threats that coal ash poses to our aquifer, wetlands,
rivers, and the Georgia coast. GEC Board meeting after 1st Friday
Date – Saturday, September 24, Noon-3. GEC Annual Membership Meeting and
Picnic, Altamaha Regional Park. You and your friends who care about coastal Georgia
are invited to join us. Bring your favorite covered dish to share on the banks
of the Altamaha River. GEC events are family friendly.
We Have Been Working On
members toured Republic Services North
Florida Recycling Center, a 70,000 square foot
facility in Jacksonville, on Thursday, August 11. Over 7 thousand tons
of trash is recycled monthly using state-of-the-art technologies to identify
and separate materials such as paper, metals, plastics, and other
recyclables. Thanks to Republic employees, Tiffany Williams, Ashley
James, and Angelo Solomon for the tour of what is described as one of the most
technologically advanced processing
centers on the East Coast.
- GEC members were given a tour
of the EcoScapes Demonstration Garden on August 5 by Keren Giovengo,
Program Manager at the University of Georgia Marine Extension Service. Keren
also gave a presentation about promoting sustainable landscaping practices
using native plants, and how to select the right plants for your yard
conditions. 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 coal ash passed the TCLP
(Toxic Chemical Leaching Procedure), is being placed in a line cell without
other wastes, and financial assurances to maintain the cells are in place at
the Chesser Island Landfill
- On August 9, 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. Updates can be found on the Twitty Park Facebook page.
- The EPA Office of Inspector
General Investigation (OIG) entered a second phase and the GEC has
responded with additional information.
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.
- The Glynn County Water and
Sewer Commission is under a Consent Order from the Georgia Environmental
Protection Division to prohibit tap-ins in an area off of South and North
Harrington Roads on St. Simons, and I-95 Exit 42 on the mainland. The Planning
and Zoning department’s habitual finding of “no significant impact” accumulated
into a significant enough problem for the GA-EPD to halt development in parts
of Glynn County.
Our Sea Grant and UGA Marine Extension Service partner, Katy Smith, in the new Safe Seafood T-shirt.
- The GEC 2016 Safe
Seafood program completed its second month with the arrival of our Safe Seafood T-Shirts. Thank you to our outreach person, Nicole
Holt, for her effort in the field and making the T-Shirt a reality. The shirts are available from the GEC for $20 and will
help support the Safe Seafood project. An expanded Safe Seafood program is
being proposed for long term funding under Superfund. Advisory in English and Spanish
- The Brunswick Wood
Preserving Superfund Site cleanup outside the underground containment walls
(called slurry walls) is moving forward with the setting up of equipment in May,
doing a treatment test sample, and sending it off to the laboratory
analysis. When the treatment is
approved, the work will continue. Read More.
The LCP marsh is expensively contaminated with mercury and
- The LCP Chemicals
Superfund Site Consent Decree for the marsh cleanup and cover-up was
released on July 29th. When recorded in the Federal Register, a 30 day comment
period on the Consent Decree begins. The release of the Consent Decree starts
the 3-year clock on completing the Resource
Damages Claim. Read More.
- WAIT, WAIT, WAIT…. We continue to wait for a response for these projects and
- Savannah Army Corps of
Engineers (ACE) - The GEC requested an enforcement action on wetland
filling at the Sea Island Inn in January 2016. 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
- 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.
Photo by James Holland - Terry Creek Outfall Ditch.
- 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.