the Glynn Environmental Coalition (GEC) went before the Glynn County Board
of Education and requested they join us in our request to the EPA to have
Altama Elementary School tested. The school abuts the Hercules 009 Landfill
Site and toxic waste was removed from the school property in the mid-1990s.
Recent developments have cast doubt that all chemicals were removed from the
At the July 17th
Facilities Committee meeting, Glynn County Schools asked the GEC to work
with Jack Childs, the attorney hired to advise the Board of Education
concerning testing Altama Elementary School. The GEC has had many calls
with Mr. Childs, provided information, and expects his recommend-dations to
be presented in the near future.
The GEC has received many questions about our request for the Board of
Education to join us in asking the EPA to test the school and resolve any
doubts about the presence of toxic chemicals on school property. The
following are some of the questions received by the GEC and a brief
was previous testing of the school insufficient?
EPA Inspector General found that all chemicals were not reported by the
method used at the Hercules 009 Landfill Superfund Site and appropriate
testing is needed. Whenever toxic contamination is expected, the first step
is to test and report what is present. If all the chemicals are not
reported, an assessment of the risks cannot be completed, or an incorrect
conclusion that the property is safe can be reached .
our children at risk right now?
appropriate testing this question cannot be answered. The GEC hopes there
is not a problem, but we need facts, and not just hope, to assure the school
is free of toxic chemicals.
was put into the Hercules 009 Landfill Superfund Site?
from manufacturing toxaphene, full and empty drums of chemicals, and other
wastes were put into the Superfund Site.
What is Toxaphene?
is a pesticide that is now banned world-wide under the Stockholm Convention,
and also called one of the “dirty dozen” or “toxic twelve” chemicals that
were so dangerous that they were banned from use through an international
agreement developed at the United Nations. Toxaphene lasts a long time in
the environment, resists breakdown, and can travel long distances through
the atmosphere. High levels of toxaphene were found in fish and other
animals in areas where it was never used.
was toxaphene made?
Toxaphene was made by combining chlorine with camphene. The result was a
mixture of over 800 chemicals.
Where was toxaphene manufactured?
Toxaphene was manufactured at the Brunswick Hercules Plant from 1948 to
1980. Some of the manufacturing wastes went into Terry and Dupree Creeks,
and the Hercules 009 Landfill Superfund Site, but has also been found in
other landfills and dumps in Glynn County.
what was toxaphene used?
Toxaphene was used extensively on cotton and other crops, but was also used
to rid lakes of unwanted fish species. At one time, toxaphene was the most
widely used pesticide.
Why is the GEC working with the Glynn County Board of Education?