New Meeting Location - Olive Garden Restaurant
GEC 1st Friday Lunch, 11 AM, March 3, Olive Garden Restaurant, 600 Glynn Isles, Brunswick. Starting on March 3rd,
the location for the GEC Lunch is moving to the Olive Garden Restaurant at 600 Glynn Isles Market Place on
Altama Avenue in the shopping center where Target and Dicks Sporting Goods is
located. Olive Garden opens at
11 AM. Our March 3 meeting is an open mic,
an opportunity for you, our members, to share information on any community
projects, issues, and interests in which you are involved.
GEC 1st Friday Lunch, 11 AM, April 7, Tour of
Symrise (formerly Renessenz), Colonel’s
Island, Brunswick. The April "First Friday" lunch will feature a tour of the
Symrise, Inc. - Colonel's Island Plant located off of Highway 17 about 3 miles
south of the Jekyll Island causeway. Symrise is a global company which
manufactures flavors and fragrances. Symrise has recently acquired
the Colonel's Island facility which makes ingredients that are ultimately
used in a variety of "everyday" products, such as toothpaste, chewing
gum, laundry detergent, hand or bath soaps, perfumes, etc. The guided
tour will be followed by lunch onsite. Transportation will be provided
for all visitors inside the plant. Attendance is limited to 25 people, so
please sign up early by email firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 912-466-0934.
We Have Been Working On
Special Report: Dr. W.T. Lipscomb Science and Engineering Fair Awards
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 Glynn Environmental
Coalition Secretary until his death twelve years ago. Bill was an advocate for the Glynn
Environmental Coalition 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 will be the 12th year the award is presented. The Dr. William T. Lipscomb
Science Fair Awards are sponsored by the Glynn Environmental Coalition, Georgia
Power, and Pinova.
Ward Receives Outstanding Teacher Award
The 2017 Dr. William T.
Lipscomb Outstanding Teacher Award was presented to Lantie Ward from Risley Middle School at the Savannah State Regional
Science and Engineering Fair awards ceremony. Mr. Ward was awarded a $100 check
and award for outstanding support and encouragement of student science and
engineering projects, and teaching the scientific method for the pursuit of knowledge.
Eight of the Risley Middle School projects advanced to the Regional level were
mentored by Mr. Ward, and many won additional awards or are going on to the
William T. Lipscomb: Environmental Engineering Award
PJ Albenice and Jacob Bosarge from
Risley Middle School, for “Hybrid Ethanol Engineer vs. Gasoline Engine”. Their teacher
is Lantie Ward. PJ and Jacob share a $500 check and received Dr. William T.
Lipscomb Award Certificates
GEC Vice-President Pamela Tillman interviews Emmett Dennis.
William T. Lipscomb Grand Prize Scholarship
The Grand Prize award was
presented to the student whose science project best epitomizes concern and hope
for a clean environment and healthy economy for coastal Georgia. Emmett Dennis from STEM Academy at Bartlett for
“The Pesticide Problem”. His teacher is Deanna
Fanning. Emmett was awarded a $1,000 check, Dr. William T. Lipscomb award certificate,
and his name placed on the Dr. William T. Lipscomb Science and Engineering Fair
Trophy as the 2017 winner.
Breanna Hurt receives the Honorable Mention award from Maurice Gray from Pinova.
William T. Lipscomb Honorable Mention
Breanna Hurt from Bible
Baptist for “Growing, Growing, Gone”. Her
teacher is Sandy Hunt. Breanna was awarded a $500 check and Dr. William T.
Lipscomb award certificate.
Kent Goering interviews Esther Hines, Nelle Iocovozzi, and Alexis Anderson from
Savannah Arts Academy.
William T. Lipscomb Engineering: Earth & Environmental Sciences Award
Esther Hines, Nelle Iocovozzi,
and Alexis Anderson from Savannah Arts Academy, for “What are the effects of
nanosilver on pond life?” Their teacher
is Kristin Sheffield. Esther, Nelle, and Alexis share a $500 check and Dr.
William T. Lipscomb award certificates.
The 2017 winning team was Robert Randall, Pamela Tillman, and Ellen Smith.
Thanks to everyone who came out for the GEC Bowl-A-Thon on January 27. Everyone had a great time
supporting a great cause. Congratulations to the winning team: Pamela Tillman,
Robert Randall, and Ellen Smith.
Betty Smith was one of many community members speaking in opposition to the Brantley Landfiill proposal at the December 22, 2016 meeting.
Much has happened since the December 22, 2016,
meeting to propose a Municipal Landfill
in Brantley County. The Georgia
Environmental Protection Division is not buying the story from the Macon attorney
and others representing the company, Brantley County Development Partners, LLC.
Secrecy was their main objective and they would not identify themselves or
where the landfill would be located, other than to say between Waynesville and
Atkinson. The GEC is working with the Brantley County residents and the GA-EPD
to learn more about the proposed landfill. Meanwhile, the Brantley County
Commission reinstated and ban on landfills. READ MORE
- GEC continues to follow the Dérivés Résiniques et Terpéniques (DRT)
recent purchase of Pinova (former Hercules
Plant) from Symrise AG for $150 million. The French company will take
ownership of the Brunswick facility on L Street near the entrance to the F.J.
Torras Causeway. Symrise will retain the Renessenz
Plant on Colonel’s Island and the name will change to Symrise. See GEC events for the tour of Symrise (Renessenz), an organic chemicals manufacturer, on April 7, 2017. A RSVP is needed for the tour.
- The EPA Office
of Inspector General Investigation (OIG) looked further into the
complaint from the GEC concerning appropriate testing of Altama Elementary
School and failure to use the appropriate analytical method for pesticide at the
Terry Creek Superfund Site. The EPA Office of Inspector General tasked EPA Region
4 in Atlanta with the response. READ MORE
Photo By James Holland Plant McManus coal ash pond being removed.
- The GEC continues to monitor Georgia Power’s removal of the coal ash pond from Plant
McManus in Glynn County. Georgia Power reports the removal is around 35%
complete and expects to complete the project in 2017. The fall tropical storms slowed progress on
the coal ash removal. Two water samples had arsenic, which has been reported to
the Georgia EPD. The water will be
investigated under the Hazardous Site Response Act program. The coal ash is
being placed in a lined cell without other wastes, and financial assurances to
maintain the cells are in place at the Chesser
Island Landfill near Folkston.
The gas line was moved and the area solidified and capped during the 2016. The final report on the Brunswick Wood Preserving Superfund Site remedial activities is expected soon.
- The Brunswick
Wood Preserving Superfund Site cleanup outside the underground containment
walls (called slurry walls) was completed in late 2016. The cover was planted
and has sprouted. Some excess treated
material is scheduled for removal from the site in the near future. READ MORE
The marsh within the photo next to the LCP Chemicals Superfund Site contains the most contaminated areas identified for removal.
- 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.
The GEC submitted comments on the Consent Decree and continues to check with
the local Federal Superior Court for the hearing date. READ MORE
- WAIT, WAIT, WAIT…. We continue to wait for a response for these projects
The Boadhurst Landfill in Wayne County reports no coal ash will be accepted in 2017.
Coal ash and trash …. Out of state and Interstate Commerce Act. What will be done with the coal ash? Will the
question, “Where will the coal ash be placed” be answered in 2017?
- 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. The Georgia Court of Appeals upheld the Coastal Marshlands Protection
Committee approval of the project.
The response to community comments on the Terry Creek Outfall Proposed Plan and the EPA's Record of Decision were expected long ago.
- 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
- 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.
- The Twitty Park Worth Saving initiative moved to court on August
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. We are waiting for the ruling. READ MORE
GEC Wish List:
Typewriter - A working typewriter would be greatly appreciated.