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Hercules warns Brunswick neighbors of groundwater contamination
Letters sent to owners of 13 commercial properties, but no human health risk, Hercules says
By Terry Dickson Wed, Feb 12, 2014 @ 5:17 pm | updated Wed, Feb 12, 2014 @ 5:20 pm
BRUNSWICK, GA. | Hercules is contacting 13 property owners to advise them that organic compounds found in the shallow aquifer at its former manufacturing facility in Brunswick has or may migrated into the groundwater under neighboring properties, said Tim Hassett, remediation project manager for the company.
Hercules still owns about half of the 360-acre plus plant site but sold the rest to Pinova, which produces ingredients used in food products as Hercules once did at the specialty resins facility.
Hercules is still responsible for the groundwater testing and any cleanup that will take place at the site, Hassett said.
Neither Hercules or state regulators have identified any risk to human health or the environment as a result of the groundwater contamination, Hassett said.
The properties that may have been affected are all commercial.
“At the request of the Georgia [Environmental Protection Division], Hercules is developing a corrective action plan which will be submitted to the state for review and implementation,’’ Hassett said.
Samples of the groundwater both on and off the plant site have contained toluene, xylenes, acetone, carbon tetrachloride, chloroform and other chemicals.
The EPD is most troubled by the presence of benezene, a chemical found in diesel fuel, said Jim Brown, the program manager for the agency’s Land Protection Branch. Brown made those comments in December and could not be reached Wednesday because state agencies are shut down as a result of the winter storm in Atlanta.
Tests conducted years ago found benezene at 1,400 parts per billion on the plant grounds and at lower levels along a street to the south of the plant grounds, under a motel to the north and on the grounds of a former plant factory across U.S. 17.
More recent tests have shown “reportable levels” of a number of chemicals, but those results are not yet available for public review.
Daniel Parshley, executive director of the Glynn Environmental Coalition, said there must be a facility wide cleanup “to address the legacy of pollution,’’ at the more than century-old plant.
Parshley said the cleanup should begin with the source at the former production facility and tank farm near the center of the plant grounds.
“The highest levels are beneath an old tank farm,’’ Parshley said. “They’re no need to try to clean up the rest until you remove the source of pollution.”
Terry Dickson: (912) 264-0405