PLANT SITE MAY RECEIVE REHABILITATION
BY B.J. CORBITT
State and federal authorities
are looking at the former LCP chemical plant site and wondering how to go about undoing the impact of past industrial activity there.
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service are collectively conducting a Natural Resource Damage Assessment at the former plant site on Ross Road.
Part of that process includes requesting ideas for restoration projects from the public. Ideas can come from governmental
agencies, advocacy groups, corporations, nonprofit organizations and
The projects will be intended to make the public and environment whole for injuries that may have occurred as a result of
contamination from the site, according to Tom Moore of the NOAA Restoration
The site was home to various industries from the 1920s
until 1994 including an oil refinery, an electric power plant, a facility
for manufacturing and distributing paint, and a chlor-alkili plant that
manufactured chlorine, caustic soda, and hydrogen. Surveys of the site by the state Environmental
Protection Division and the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency have revealed elevated
levels of mercury, lead, and polychlorinated byphenols at
the plant site and in nearby
water and organic life.
Examples of the types of
work of considered under
such land rehabilitation
processes are restoring or creating natural wildlife habitats,
enhancing public access to
resources like fishing piers and
boat ramps, educational and
enforcement activities, and the granting of land and development rights.
At one time a company that
dismantles Navy ships consid-
ered the site and its dock but did
not get environmental clearance
to locate there.
Daniel Parshley, Project Manager with the Glynn Environmental Coalition,
said the environmental advocacy group has already submitted roughly 14
potential restoration projects related to the site. Some of the
proposed projects would benefit nearby wildlife like otters, manatees, and
small sealife, Parshley said, while others would benefit the area's citizenry by helping to control flooding in the future.
settling on restoration projects as an important positive step in putting the environmental harm traced back to the site's industrial history
in the past. "It's part of the healing process as we move forward,” he