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Breaking News - Allen Burns Wins Award
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L to R - Gloria Burns, Allen Burns Dr. William T. Lipscomb Science and Engineering Fair winner, and Allen Burns

Allen Burns from Ms. Jill Coss class at Glynn Academy was the Grand Prize winner of the Dr. William T. Lipscomb Award at the Savannah Regional Science and Engineering Fair.  Allen received a $1,000 scholarship, his name on the Dr. W.T. Lipscomb Trophy, and a certificate. Eight students from coastal Georgia shared the $3,000 in scholarships awarded. Dr. William T. Lipscomb served a professor of Biology teaching Anatomy & Physiology at the College in Brunswick until his retirement, and then served as the GEC Secretary until his death. Bill was an advocate for the GEC recognizing and supporting our outstanding middle and high school students, teachers, and parents.  A science fair award was established in his memory after he passed away and this year was be the eleventh year the award is presented. The Dr. William T. Lipscomb Science Fair Awards are sponsored by the Glynn Environmental Coalition, Georgia Power, and Pinova. Read More

Upcoming Events  


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Tuesday, March 1: 5-8 PM, Bag It - Movie at the Ritz Theater, 1530 Newcastle St, Brunswick. GreenScene of Coastal Georgia is hosting a screening of the award-winning environmental documentary, Bag It. Meet Jeb Berrier who is featured in the award-winning documentary.


GEC 1st Friday Lunch, March 4, 11 AM, I-HOP, 5031 New Jesup Hwy., Brunswick. Kimberly Burgess, CCGA admissions representative, is speaking on Amendment 23, an enrollment program that gives senior citizens an opportunity to take college classes for free. Tate Holbrook, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Biology will share information on the Coastal Ecology Program.


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Green Drinks, February 23, 5-7PM, Embassy Suites, 500 Mall Blvd. (Glynn Place Mall). Hosted by Keep Golden Isles Beautiful. Read More


GEC 1st Friday Lunch, April 1, 11 AM, I-HOP, 5031 New Jesup Hwy., Brunswick. David Kyler, Executive Director of the Center for a Sustainable Coast, will speak about their work to protect Georgia’s coast.


What We Have Been Working On

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- The effort to save Twitty Park is ongoing and growing. We appreciate hearing your support in favor of saving the magnificent park for the benefit of the citizens of Glynn County and the State of Georgia.  We expect responses to the issues raised in the lawsuit very soon. Our goals remain preserving Twitty Park and its iconic live oaks and respecting the Cain family’s gift to the County. Twitty Park now has a Facebook Page you can "Like" and visit for updates.



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- GEC’s 3rd Annual Bowl-A-Thon on January 29 was fun for all. Thanks to the 30 bowlers and cheerleaders who came out to support the effort. Congratulations and trophies went to the winning team consisting of: Doug and Sharon Ehle, Ellen Smith, and Callie Parshley. Doug Ehle won the trophy for the highest individual score.

 

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- A $1,500 grant to support the GEC Safe Seafood Program was recently awarded by the Brunswick Walmart Neighborhood Market.


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- The GEC 2015 Safe Seafood Outreach wrapped up in December. We distributed 2,610 brochures, spoke at length with 147 fishers, provided supplemental information to 17 people, and distributed 13 “Paid” mercury hair analysis kits. Fishers from 24 nearby Georgia Counties fished in the advisory area.

 

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- The GEC submitted comments concerning the Sea Island Groin permit application to the Army Corps of Engineers. The current groin is thought to be responsible for the loss of ½ mile of barrier island protecting St. Simons from the Atlantic Ocean.


- Many calls about the Spaceport proposed for Camden County.  Concerns range from environmental impacts, which company will use the site, to disruption of daily life surrounding the launches. We have more questions than answers at this time.


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- The proposed shipment of coal ash to the Broadhurst Landfill in Wayne County resulted in several calls for help and guidance. New York City has identified the southeast for trash disposal in several studies.


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- The LCP Chemicals Superfund Site Consent Decree is expected to be lodged with the court in March, followed by a 30 day comment period. There are concerns about the limited cleanup and large scale cover up of chemicals in the marsh. The LCP Chemicals technical assistance reports are available on the GEC web site.


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- The Terry Creek Dredge Spoil Areas/Hercules Outfall Site Proposed Plan for the cleanup and cover-up of the outfall ditch comments were completed by Dr. Peter deFur and the GEC and sent to the EPA in early September. The next steps are the release of the EPA Responsiveness Summary and proposed Record of Decision.


- The Brunswick Wood Preserving Superfund Site Explanation of Significant Difference was received by the GEC.  The document authorizes the continued cleanup outside the underground containment walls (called slurry walls) and provides details about the plan to address the shallow creosote remaining outside the Western Containment Area. Our technical advisor, Dr. deFur, reviewed several sampling and engineering reports received in July, the recently received Explanation of Significant Difference, and produced a technical assistance report. The report will be mailed soon and has been placed on the GEC web site. To be added to the mailing list, contact the GEC at 912-466-0934 or email gec@glynnenvironmental.org.

 

Interesting News

 

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Little Things Matter: The Impact of Toxins on Preterm Birth - Even mild exposures to some contaminants may raise a pregnant woman’s risk of delivering her baby too soon, warns the four-minute production. The video draws on emerging scientific evidence that particulate matter, lead and other pollutants — especially in combination, as they’re typically encountered — may play a role in the approximately 15 million babies born preterm every year around the world.

 

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Monsanto, Not Zika, Causing Microcephaly? -  Out of 404 confirmed microcephaly cases in Brazil, only 17% tested positive for the Zika virus. The increase in this birth defect, in which the baby is born with an abnormally small head, was quickly linked to the Zika virus by the Brazilian Ministry of Health. However, according to the Physicians in the Crop-Sprayed Towns, the Ministry failed to recognize that in the area where most sick people live, a chemical larvicide that produces malformations in mosquitoes was introduced into the drinking water supply in 2014. This poison, Pyriproxyfen, is used in a State-controlled program aimed at eradicating disease-carrying mosquitoes. The Physicians added that the Pyriproxyfen is manufactured by Sumimoto Chemical, a Japanese subsidiary of Monsanto. Read More.


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Walgreens Launches Safe Medication Disposal Program -  In the first ongoing national effort of its kind by a retailer, Walgreens will install safe medication disposal kiosks in more than 500 drugstores in 39 states and Washington, D.C., primarily at locations open 24 hours. The program will make the disposal of medications — including opioids and other controlled substances — easier and more convenient.  Don’t Flush your medicines down the toilet. Read More.


Support the Effort!

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Office Location: 4472 New Jesup Hwy., Suite C, Brunswick GA  31520



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