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Safe Seafood
Glynn County Seafood Consumption Advisory


UPCOMING EVENTS

Saturday, June 24th, Green Screen, Ritz Theater, Newcastle Street, Brunswick. Show times:
11:30 am - Welcome and short films
12:15 pm - Break with light lunch and more networking with local environmental orgs
1:15 pm - Feature film presentation: How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can't Change  Appropriate for ages 10+ due to mild language.
There are opportunities for GEC members to participate at our table. Interested - call or email the GEC.

Saturday, June 24, 10:00 to 4:00, Rally for Cumberland, Howard Gilman Waterfront Park, St Marys. A coming together in support of Cumberland Island National Seashore - and raising our voices in opposition to rezoning that would allow the development of this fragile and precious Biosphere Reserve. * Free "Don't Develop Cumberland Island" t-shirts for the first 400 attendees, music, face-painting, information booths, food trucks * Hosted by Save Cumberland Island National Seashore. There are opportunities for GEC members to participate at our tent.  Interested - call or email the GEC.

Friday, July 7 - GEC 1st Friday Lunch, Olive Garden, 11 AM, Olive Garden Restaurant, 600 Glynn Isles, Brunswick. Jason Lee Nongame Conservation Section Program Manager with DNR’s Wildlife Resources Division is giving a presentation about Altama Plantation and the history of the 4,000-acre nature preserve outside Brunswick which opened to the public a year ago. He will also share information on its natural resources, what makes the property a biological gem, and what the property means for state wildlife goals.

Friday, August 4 - GEC 1st Friday Lunch, 11:15 AM, Olive Garden Restaurant, 600 Glynn Isles, Brunswick. Maegan Mack, GEC Safe Seafood Outreach, will be speaking about the Socio-Economic Decision-Making of Fishers in the Seafood Advisory Area. Maegan has been studying fisher psychology during outreach activities.

 

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

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