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UPCOMING EVENTS

Saturday, April 22 - Electronics Recycling & More Event, Keep Golden Isles Beautiful, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Glynn Place Mall – JC Penney end of parking lot. See flyer for a full list of recyclables and other services..

Friday, May 5 - GEC 1st Friday Lunch, Olive Garden, 11 AM, Olive Garden Restaurant, 600 Glynn Isles, Brunswick. Alex Kearns, Chair of the St. Marys EarthKeepers, helped create an organization to actively inform, encourage, and galvanize the residents of St Marys and Camden County into environmental stewardship. Alex will share an overview of the Earthkeepers’ achievements over the last 9 years, current issues, and future challenges.

Friday, June 2 - GEC 1st Friday Lunch, Olive Garden, 11 AM, Olive Garden Restaurant, 600 Glynn Isles, Brunswick. Ashby Nix with The Nature Conservancy is speaking about the concept of Coastal Resilience and using nature and nature based solutions to help coastal Georgia communities reduce their risks to coastal hazards such as storm surge, sea level rise, and other coastal flooding issues.

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 on 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.

Local News

3/28/2013

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.

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