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Superfund concerns prompt action
By GORDON JACKSON The Brunswick News
State Sen. William Ligon is concerned about chemical-laden contaminants at the LCP Superfund site that have saturated soil as deep as 50 feet and could threaten the Upper Miocene Aquifer.
Ligon, R-St. Simons Island, believes the threat is serious enough that he has co-sponsored a Senate resolution that would urge the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to remove the contaminants from the site.
The LCP site is on Ross Road, off U.S. 341 just north of the city limits, and borders the marshes of Turtle River.
Ligon said the resolution is being discussed in the Senate Natural Resources Committee, where he said a decision could be announced today, the last day of the General Assembly's current legislative session.
Ligon said the resolution calls for a speedy environmental clean-up at the site.
"We don't want that hitting the aquifer," he said. "This has been going on many years. We feel it's time for the mercury and that caustic material to be removed from the ground."
The LCP plant site closed in 1994, and the property was declared a Superfund site the following year.
During the initial cleanup, tons of contaminated soil and water were removed from the property. But some of the caustic chemicals leeched deep into the ground, where they remain. The contaminants continue to percolate deeper into the earth and are now as close as 20 feet to the aquifer, he said.
"This is an immediate concern," Ligon said. "We want a commitment to remove this from the ground."
Ligon said he has also talked with Honeywell representatives about his concerns. Honeywell was listed among the companies responsible for the contamination.
"I've spoken with representatives from Honeywell and they are trying to speed up the process," he said.
If the resolution is approved, it will urge EPA officials to clean up the site. The cleanup would involve injecting chemicals into the contaminated soil to solidify it and prevent it from saturating more soil.
Ligon said the resolution also calls for the removal of the soil after it's treated and solidified.
* Reporter Gordon Jackson writes about government and other local topics. Contact him at gjackson@thebrunswick news.com, on Facebook or at 265-8320, ext. 323.