EPA's April 5th Meeting Had Its High Points & Disappointments
Since the GEC had submitted our
questions to the EPA prior to their April 5th availability session about the
upcoming remedial work at the Brunswick Wood Preserving Superfund Site, it
was shocking that the EPA was incapable of answering the most basic
questions about the work planned for the Site. Since the meeting, the EPA
has responded to some of the questions, but many remain unanswered.
Storm Water Management Plan & Floraville Road Neighborhood
In October of 2005, the Site
overflowed and flooded homes in the Floraville neighborhood with toxic
water. High on the GEC list of concerns is a Storm Water Management Plan
for the Site. After 1 1/2 years to work on the Plan, the EPA had not taken
any action or done any planning to prevent flooding of homes around the
Site, had not produced a Storm Water Management Plan, and could not
demonstrate that they had an understanding about where rainwater flowed from
Remedial Action Plan Meeting without a Plan
Since the EPA was holding an
Availability Session to take questions from the public about their Remedial
Action Plan, it is reasonable to expect there actually is a Plan. The EPA
was asked to produce the plan at their meeting, but no plan was available.
The EPA has since provided the Remedial Action Plan, but many of the key
components such as the Erosion and Sedimentation Plan have yet to be
Contractor Available at Meeting
The availability of Edward
Hicks from Black & Veatch, the EPA's contractor for the Remedial Action, was
the high point of the EPA's meeting. The GEC requested that the EPA and Mr.
Hicks meet at the Site the next morning so we could visit the areas causing
flooding and identify our areas of concern. The EPA could not provide a
representative, but Mr. Hicks changed his plans around so we could meet at
the Site. The GEC appreciates the effort Mr. Hicks made to be at the Site,
providing an opportunity to physically point out the Site’s problem areas.
Community Help Needed at Brunswick Wood Preserving
Cutting fences and trespassing
by those with all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) onto the Brunswick Wood Preserving
Superfund Site has been a chronic problem in the past. As Site preparations
are made and work commences at the Site, it is critical that ATVs do not
The dangers at the Site are
many, and will increase as work proceeds. The topography will change as
ditches are dug, excavations made and others filled, and all this on top of
all the toxic chemicals in ponds, mud, and soil.
Previous ATV trespassers were
using the pile of pentachlorophenol waste, which includes dioxin, as a hill
climb. The thin membrane over the pile has exceeded its useful life and ATV
wear and tear can cause a failure. Besides, who in their right mind wants
to cover their ATV with toxic waste?
Please report unauthorized
trespassing on the Site to the GEC at 466-0934 or by email to