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Upcoming Events  


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GEC 1st Friday Lunch, August 5, 11 AM, University of Georgia Marine Extension Service, 715 Bay St, Brunswick. Keren Giovengo, Program manager, is giving a tour of their EcoScapes Demonstration Garden and a presentation about promoting sustainable landscaping practices using native plants. Lunch afterwards at Maggie Mae’s, 205 Gloucester St., Brunswick.


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GEC Fieldtrip to Republic Services North Florida Recycling Center in Jacksonville, Thursday, August 11, 9 AM to 2:30 PM. GEC members are visiting the recycling facility for Glynn County. Participants are meeting at Captain Joe’s Restaurant, 5296 New Jesup Hwy., Brunswick at 9 AM.to car share & caravan to the facility located approximately 1 hour South on I-95. The tour, 10:30-11:30, includes a video, Q&A session, & facility tour. Participants must wear closed toe shoes. We will stop for lunch at Panera Bread, (Mall across from airport exit) and drive back, arriving in Brunswick at approximately 2:30.


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GEC 1st Friday Lunch, September 2, 11 AM, Captain Joe’s Seafood, 5296 New Jesup Hwy, Brunswick. Derby Waters, reporter for Jesup Press Sentinel Newspaper is speaking on the fight to stop coal ash from being dumped at the Broadhurst Land Fill in Wayne County and the threats coal ash poses to coastal wetlands, creeks, the Altamaha River, and the Georgia coast. GEC Board Meeting after 1st Friday Lunch.


Altamaha Regional Park


Save the 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.


What We Have Been Working On


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- Georgia Power removal of the coal ash pond from Plant McManus in Glynn County is ongoing.  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 are in place.


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- The Twitty Park Worth Saving initiative continues. As summer warms up the area, Twitty Park is now in full green and a great spot for a picnic, biking, and other park activities. We are vigorously continuing our efforts to preserve Twitty Park and its iconic live oaks. Glynn County and Sea Island Acquisitions land sales unit (SIA Propco II, LLC) maintain that they can do with the park as they want. We continue to assert that public parks are held in public trust and that our beautiful parks must be maintained for public park use now and into the future. Twitty Park is the people of Glynn County’s park. Read More or see future updates on the Twitty Park Facebook Page.


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- The EPA Office of Inspector General Investigation (OIG) is complete. Two items were forwarded by the EPA OIG to the EPA Criminal Investigations Division (CID). 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 EPA CID sent the case back to the OIG as a case of EPA employee misconduct. The case in inactive at the EPA CID and OIG at this time.


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- The GEC 2016 Safe Seafood program completed our first month with our new outreach person, Nicole Holt.  The GEC grant application to the Savannah Presbytery was approved and additional resource were provided by the Georgia Department of Public Health. Over the past month, the GEC met with other agencies and interns working on similar projects. An expanded Safe Seafood program is being proposed for long term funding under Superfund. The seafood advisory is available in English or Spanish


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Work to contain the contamination is underway at the Brunswick Wood Preserving Superfund Site.


- The Brunswick Wood Preserving Superfund Site cleanup outside the underground containment walls (called slurry walls) is dependent upon moving gas lines running through the contaminated area. Work started at the Site on May 23 with the setting up of equipment. The treatment formula will be tested onsite before the full scale containment takes place. Read More.


The Annual Superfund Site Update was mailed. If you did not receive it in the mail, you can read the report online.

 

WAIT, WAIT, WAIT….


We continue to wait for a response for these projects and issues.


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- 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.


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The current work at the LCP Chemicals Superfund Site is underground water treatment.


- The LCP Chemicals Superfund Site Consent Decree for the marsh cleanup and cover-up is now 150+ days past the January 30 “deadline”. When released, a 30 day comment period on the Consent Decree will follow. The release of the Consent Decree starts the 3-year clock on completing the Resource Damages Claim.


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Many people fish from the Back River Bridge next to the St. Simon's Causeway, located in the seafood advisory area.  Carters Island in the background is part of the Terry Creek Superfund Site.


- 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.


- Emory, Georgia Southern, University of Georgia, and several agencies have approached the GEC about partnering on projects ranging from Brownfields, well water sampling, community health and wellbeing, climate anomalies, and ecosystem services and human health.  The projects, if funded, start in 2017.  


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Tel: 912-466-0934
Postal Address: P. O. Box 2443, Brunswick, Georgia  31521
Office Address: 4472 New Jesup Hwy, Suite C, Brunswick, Georgia  31520
Email: gec@glynnenvironmental.org



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