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History and Purpose of the Glynn Environmental Coalition

Glynn County is home to seventeen identified hazardous waste sites, four Superfund Sites, and six actively polluting industries.  Community awareness of health risks associated with these polluters and toxic waste sites led to the formation of the Glynn Environmental Coalition  (GEC) in 1990.  The focus of the GEC has expanded from technical assistance and educational speakers to also include governmental oversight and environmental justice.  The GEC is working to preserve our right to information and input into the decisions that affect our lives.

The many toxic sites in Coastal Georgia threaten the environment at large, but are particularly dangerous to nearby neighborhoods in Brunswick.  Predominantly low-income minority residents who depend on fish caught in highly polluted waters live in these neighborhoods.  The LCP Chemicals, Hercules, and Terry Creek Superfund Sites are directly adjacent to low-income neighborhoods.  Years of inadequate environmental enforcement have resulted in extensive distribution of the pesticide toxaphene, dioxin, mercury, and many other chemicals throughout nearby schoolyards and neighborhoods.  The GEC has focused on organizing community groups, and in doing so we have succeeded in getting polluters and government agencies to remove toxic and endocrine disrupting chemicals from a neighborhood, an elementary school, and a daycare center.

We empower citizens through community organizing, educational presentations, technical assistance, submitting comments, and requesting public hearings. The GEC provides technical assistance at our four Superfund Sites by administering EPA Technical Assistance Grants, which provide our community with answers to questions and an independent review and analysis of Site documents.  We also submit comments on cleanup plans and "permit to pollute" requests.   Since the inception of the GEC, focus has been on Glynn County, but we increasingly collaborate with local, state, and national organizations to address the environment and quality of life in all of Coastal Georgia.

The GEC maintains a 24-hour Hotline (912-466-0934) for confidential reporting of environmental violations and a Resource Center for information and educational materials.

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