1st Friday Lunch, January 6, 11 AM, Captain Joe’s Seafood
Restaurant, 5296 New Jesup Hwy. Brunswick. Jimmy Junkin, Director of the
Brunswick-Glynn County Joint Water & Sewer Commission is speaking about the
utility, its mission, and its obstacles. He will also present an overview of
capital investments & projects to support our community.
GEC 4th Annual Bowl-A-Thon, Friday January 27, 2017, 6:30 PM, The Strike Zone, 380 Millennium
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.
A Look Back at 2016 and
Forward to 2017
In 2016, after years of providing, advocacy,
education, outreach, and technical assistance on
community challenges, the GEC is proud of our progress. Our work provides strong
oversight and assistance to assure that our community evolves from its
industrial legacy. GEC’s leadership and collaboration with local citizens and officials has unified
message to state and federal
we don’t want the most
economical solution for the Superfund sites in our community - we want the
upon these success is moving us forward as a united community. As we emerge
from our industrial legacy, impatience grows for clean ups of decades-old
contamination. Efforts to protect water
resources continue as the GEC and our partner organizations keep a diligent eye
out for violators and others who would make a quick buck at the expense of our environment
and quality of life. GEC’s work over the last 26 years is strengthened with
support from area leaders, colleges, schools, and partner organizations. Working
together, we are facing new challenges as a stronger and more united community.
Building upon our success, in 2017 the GEC is moving forward to make coastal Georgia a safe and healthy place
to live and raise our families.
GEC is making an effort to protect 92 year old Twitty
Park as a public park
through community engagement, demonstrations, picnics, and social media. The issues raised by the GEC’s Twitty Park Worth Saving initiative is being reviewed by the Glynn County Superior Court. In 2017, we expect a decision on the case
heard by the court on August 9th. READ MORE
access to the marshes and creeks at the only public access for boaters
and fishermen on St. Simons at Village
Creek Boat Ramp on South Harrington Road. In 2017, monitoring is needed.
Environmental Justice - Responsiveness
to Community Concerns
The GEC supports and promotes environmental
justice by helping people and neighborhoods communicating concerns with
agencies and assisting in forming action plans.
The GEC helped the Magnolia Park neighborhoods organize and meet with the regulators
who have the authority to fix the problem.
Often, the regulator will cite the law, rules, and regulations in an
effort to discourage citizens. The GEC
helped Magnolia Park get beyond this barrier and focused the meeting on what
actions the agency would be taking to fix the problem. Improvements have been noted and an agreed
follow-up meeting with the Agency is still in the planning stage. In 2017, the effort will continue.
The Port of Brunswick before and after the July 2015 fire.
In follow-up to
complaints about air emissions from the Port
of Brunswick, and the subsequent July 11, 2015 fire that burned down
several of the offending warehouses, the GEC worked with the community and
Georgia Environmental Protection Division to assure the new warehouses would
have the appropriate environmental controls and the community would be
involved. Even though efforts of the
Port did exclude some community participation, the environmental controls were
implemented into the warehouse design. In
2017, monitoring Port air quality will continue.
Progress was made on legal enforcement action
on the wetland filling at the Sea Island Inn. The
complaint alleges 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. In 2017, we will monitor the enforcement
We continue monitoring of Georgia Power’s
removal of the coal ash pond from Plant
McManus. Georgia Power reports the removal is around 30% complete. Two water samples detected arsenic. In 2017,
we expect coal ash removal completed and additional water sampling results to
Rail Road Spur, and Broadhurst - Out of state trash, coal ash, and Interstate
Commerce Act were key issues this year. In
2017, an answer is needed to, “Where will the coal ash be placed?
and other coastal organizations continue to monitor:
In 2017, we expect the Sea Island Groin permit decision and the Army Corps of Engineer’s
response to comments.
Morgan Palmetto Pipeline project, suspended
March 31, remains a concern for 2017.
Camden County Spaceport Federal Aviation
Administration’s response to comments on the Environmental Impact Statement are
expected in 2017.
The Safe Seafood
Program was energized by outreach persons, Nicole Holt and John Mahas, by
engaging local fishermen where they fish, and spreading the word about safe
seafood consumption guidelines. In 2017, We are working to expanded Safe Seafood under the local Superfund
to R - Gloria Burns, Allen Burns Dr. William T. Lipscomb Science and
Engineering Fair winner, and Allen Burns
The GEC rewarding our young people’s excellence
in environmental science projects at
the Regional Science and Engineering Fair
by awarding nine Dr. William T. Lipscomb Awards and
$3000 in scholarships. In 2017, we will
support the February 7-9 Science and Engineering Fair at Savannah State
produced 12 newsletters during 2016
to keep our community unformed and updated on issues and initiatives. The EPA and other agencies often drag out
over many years in an effort to let community interest and involvement
wane. These monthly updates are a
crucial tool in keeping our community educated, informed, and engaged. In
2017, we are planning monthly reporting on current projects and emerging
an effort to post everything on the GEC
web page at www.glynnenvironmental.org.
Can’t find it? Give us a
call. We are well over 1,100 pages of
reports, newsletters, and media.
calls in 2016 from universities and
researchers seeking partnerships with the GEC to address environmental and
health issues in our community. The GEC
helped with proposals by Emory University, Georgia Southern University, and
University of Georgia. Researchers
requested information about the extent and risks from chemicals in our estuary
for research proposals. As with grants, not all were funded. In 2017, the GEC is continuing our networking
of agencies and researchers concerning community needs.
overview and perseverance at the Brunswick
Wood Preserving Superfund Site led to implementation of an improved EPA cleanup plan in 2016 for the shallow creosote
contamination of the sites’ groundwater and soil outside the western
containment area. In 2017, we expect to receive the closeout report. READ MORE
River is a popular fishing spot in the Terry Creek Seafood Advisory Area.
A better cleanup plan at the Terry Creek Dredge
Spoil Areas/Hercules Outfall Site. GEC reported its concerns at the site to
the EPA Office of Inspector General and
the case is now being investigated. Our concerns focus on the fact that
the EPA used an inappropriate analytical method for decision-making at the site
and that EPA Region 4 and Hercules circumvented the Superfund community
participation provisions and participation in the decision-mailing process. In 2017, we expect the release of the
EPA Office of Inspector General’s report. READ MORE
- 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.
submitted extensive comments to the U.S Department of Justice concerning
environmental justice issues and the LCP Chemicals Superfund Site Consent
Decree. Release of the Consent Decree
starts the 3-year clock on completing the Resource
Damages Claim. Thank you for the Consent Decree comments by City of
Brunswick and allowing the GEC to present an update and briefing to the Brunswick
City Commission. In 2017, we expect
the Consent Decree decision, groundwater report, and an Uplands Proposed Plan. READ MORE
The GEC sponsored field trips and other events
Tours of Republic Services Recycling Center in Jacksonville
UGA MAREX EcoScapes Demonstration
Picnic in Twitty Park
GEC Annual Meeting/ Picnic
Altama Elementary’ s 2016 Wellness Event
Glynn County Eco Fair, Electronics Recycling
Ecology Symposium at the College of Coastal Georgia’s
Eco-Scapes display at the County Fair about native plants,
drought and salt tolerant, and how to end chemicals and fertilizer dependency
around the home.
Members & Supporters
We are grateful for all
the GEC members, supporters, and volunteers who share our vision and have
helped in our effort to make our community a safe and healthy place to live and
raise our families. Many of our successes have only come because we have
stayed diligent over the years it has taken to prevail, and our victories are
due to your continuing help and support.