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UPCOMING EVENTS

 

We Are Back! The GEC 1st Friday Lunch is moving back to the old I-HOP location, now the Sunrise Dinner. Bobby Howard has warmly invited the GEC back to the newly remodeled private dining room at the Sunrise Diner! We have some interesting speakers lined up…

 

GEC 1st Friday Lunch, January 5, 11:15, Sunrise Dinner, the Sunrise Diner at 5031 New Jesup Highway, Brunswick. Meet Rick Frey, the St Marys Riverkeeper. Winding between Georgia and Florida over 130-miles from the Okefenokee Swamp to the Atlantic Ocean, the St. Marys River is scenic and historic. The dark waters of the St. Marys River are nearly pristine and relatively free from commercial impact. Rick’s job is more challenging than that of a typical Riverkeeper because of the different rules and regulations governing waterways in both states, as well as traveling to two state capitals while serving as an advocate of the river.

 

GEC 1st Friday Lunch, February 2, 11:15, Sunrise Diner (former I-HOP) 5031 New Jesup Hwy., Brunswick. Going Hog Wild! Kara Day, biologist from GADNR Wildlife Resources Division's Game Management, will discuss the dangers caused by invasive species and what they and other agencies are doing to combat them.


titleFor more than 18 years, we have worked diligently to make Glynn County a safe and healthy place to raise our families by assuring a clean environment and healthy economy for coastal Georgia. Serving as your environmental advocates, we are committed to protecting and preserving our home which resides within one of the most environmentally unique ecosystems on earth although our work has had implications nationwide. The need is great as Glynn County is home to 17 identified hazardous waste sites, four Superfund Sites, and four actively polluting industries.  Community awareness of health risks associated with these polluters and toxic waste sites led to the formation of the Glynn Environmental Coalition (GEC) in 1990.

titleWe work for you through community organizing, educational presentations, technical assistance, submitting comments, and requesting public hearings. The focus of the GEC has since expanded about to include governmental oversight and environmental justice.  GEC is working to preserve our right to information and input into the decisions that affect our lives.

The many toxic sites in Coastal Georgia threaten the environment at large, but are particularly dangerous to nearby neighborhoods in Brunswick.  Predominantly low-income minority residents who depend on fish caught in highly polluted waters live in these neighborhoods.  The LCP Chemicals, Hercules, and Terry Creek Superfund Sites are directly titleadjacent to low-income neighborhoods.  Years of inadequate environmental enforcement have resulted in extensive distribution of the pesticide toxaphene, dioxin, mercury and many other chemicals throughout nearby schoolyards and neighborhoods.  The GEC has focused on organizing community groups, and in doing so we have succeeded in objectives like getting polluters and government agencies to remove toxic and endocrine-disrupting chemicals from a neighborhood, elementary schools, and a daycare center.

We empower citizens by providing technical assistance at our four Superfund Sites by administering EPA Technical Assistance Grants, which provide our community with answers to questions and an independent review and analysis of Site documents. We also submit comments on clean-up plans and "permit to pollute" requests.   Since the inception of the GEC, focus has been on Glynn County, but we increasingly collaborate with local, state, and national organizations to address the environmental quality of life in all of coastal Georgia.

GEC maintains a 24-hour Hotline (912-466-0934) for confidential reporting of environmental violations and a Resource Center for information and educational materials.

P.O. Box 2443, Brunswick, GA 31521    ♦    912-466-0934    ♦    gec@glynnenvironmental.org
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