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UPCOMING EVENTS

 

We Are Back! The GEC 1st Friday Lunch is moving back to the old I-HOP location, now the Sunrise Dinner. Bobby Howard has warmly invited the GEC back to the newly remodeled private dining room at the Sunrise Diner! We have some interesting speakers lined up…

 

GEC 1st Friday Lunch, January 5, 11:15, Sunrise Dinner, the Sunrise Diner at 5031 New Jesup Highway, Brunswick. Meet Rick Frey, the St Marys Riverkeeper. Winding between Georgia and Florida over 130-miles from the Okefenokee Swamp to the Atlantic Ocean, the St. Marys River is scenic and historic. The dark waters of the St. Marys River are nearly pristine and relatively free from commercial impact. Rick’s job is more challenging than that of a typical Riverkeeper because of the different rules and regulations governing waterways in both states, as well as traveling to two state capitals while serving as an advocate of the river.

 

GEC 1st Friday Lunch, February 2, 11:15, Sunrise Diner (former I-HOP) 5031 New Jesup Hwy., Brunswick. Going Hog Wild! Kara Day, biologist from GADNR Wildlife Resources Division's Game Management, will discuss the dangers caused by invasive species and what they and other agencies are doing to combat them.

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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