September 24, Noon-3, GEC Annual Membership Meeting and Picnic, Altamaha
Regional Park, 1605 Altamaha Park Road, Brunswick. 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. Directions: From I-95 Exit 36, go north approximately 15
miles on US 341, at Everett City, see sign Altamaha Regional Park, turn right on Altamaha Park Road, go 3 miles to the river.
Saturday, October 1, CoastFest 2016, GA-DNR’s Coastal Regional Headquarters adjacent to the Sidney Lanier Bridge, 10-4. Join GEC along with more than 80 environmental, educational research, and resource exhibits in a festival highlighting Georgia’s unique coastal environment in a family-friendly day of fun and education.
Friday Lunch, October 7, 11 AM, Captain Joe’s Seafood, 5296 New Jesup Hwy., Brunswick. Beth Roach and Leslie Riggins, part of No Ash at All,
the Wayne County community group, are speaking on the fight to stop millions of
tons of coal ash from being dumped at Wayne County’s Broadhurst Land Fill. The
speakers will discuss threats that coal ash poses to our wetlands, rivers, and
We Have Been Working On
- 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 near Folkston.
- 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 are fighting 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.
- The EPA Office of Inspector General Investigation (OIG) continues to review the additional information provided. 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 GEC 2016 Safe Seafood program completed its third month. Thanks to our outreach person, Nicole Holt, for her field work and for making our Safe Seafood T-Shirts a reality. The shirts are available for $20 and help support the Safe Seafood project. An expanded Safe Seafood program is being proposed for long term funding under Superfund.
- The Brunswick Wood Preserving Superfund Site cleanup outside the underground containment walls (called slurry walls) is moving forward with the gas pipeline being moved and treatment at the site moving forward. The project should wrap up in September.
- The LCP Chemicals Superfund Site Consent Decree for the marsh cleanup and cover-up was released on July 29th. The 30 day comment period on the Consent Decree ends September 6th. The release of the Consent Decree starts the 3-year clock on completing the Resource Damages Claim.
- WAIT, WAIT, WAIT…. We continue to wait for a response for these projects and issues.
- 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 design.
- 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.
Photo by James Holland - Harrington Road Boat Ramp
- 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.
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