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GEC News, Events, & Updates - February 2017
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Upcoming Events

 

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.

 

Symrise


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 gec@glynnenvironmental.org or call 912-466-0934. 


What 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.


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Lantie 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 State Fair.


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Dr. 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


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GEC Vice-President Pamela Tillman interviews Emmett Dennis.


Dr. 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.

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Breanna Hurt receives the Honorable Mention award from Maurice Gray from Pinova.


Dr. 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.

 

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Kent Goering interviews Esther Hines, Nelle Iocovozzi, and Alexis Anderson from Savannah Arts Academy.


Dr. 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.


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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.


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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


Pinova


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- 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.


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- 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


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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.


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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


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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 and issues.


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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.


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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.


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- 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 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.


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