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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.

 

The Brunswick News – March 29, 2013

Editorial | Time for EPA to act on issue

Superfund site poses danger to community

State Sen. William Ligon, R-St. Simons Island, authored a resolution in the Georgia Senate that he hopes will prompt the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to do its job, which is to protect American citizens from potential disasters on or from federal superfund sites.

 

In this case, the Americans happen to be residents of Brunswick and the Golden Isles, the site happens to be the old LCP property and the element of major concern is mercury. Mercury is deadly if ingested.

 

The problem, Sen. Ligon stresses in his Senate resolution, is that contaminants, particularly mercury, are sinking, sinking, sinking in the marsh on the Turtle River, where mercury and other unwanted byproducts of now discontinued chemical manufacturing processes were improperly and unlawfully disposed by previous owners of the chemical manufacturing facility off Ross Road.

Nothing was ever done during the early Superfund cleanup days because of where the mercury is located. It would be difficult, at best, officials decided at the time, to get to it, let alone attempt to extract it from the mud. Now, or so at least it appears, the failure of the federal cleanup strategy may be coming back to haunt us. Officials now predict only 20 feet of earth separate the still sinking mercury and other contaminants from the Upper Miocene Aquifer.

 

Understandably, Sen. Ligon wants the federal environmental agency to do something about it, and he's asking for countermeasures to occur as soon as possible. No one wants to speculate what the consequences could be if the contaminants make it to the freshwater aquifer.

 

Because time is of the essence and because it is well documented how slowly the federal government can move on these matters, it might be best for all to alert Coastal Georgia's delegation to the U.S. Congress.

 

That would entail contacting Rep. Jack Kingston and Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson.

 

They are in Washington. Tell them to knock on the door of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which also is in the District of Columbia, and tell its top administrators that there is an emergency situation in Brunswick and the Golden Isles that requires their immediate attention.

That would be the direct approach, if not the quickest.

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