Public Hearing -November 8th
The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (GA-EPD) will be holding a
Public Hearing concerning the proposed plan
to clean up the Hercules Toxaphene Manufacturing Plant on Thursday, November
8, 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Stellar Conference Center, 144 Ventura Drive, Brunswick.
Hercules manufactured toxaphene
from 1948 until 1980 when the pesticide was banned. In 1987, the GA-EPD
ordered Hercules to investigate the extent of contamination around the
Toxaphene Plant and develop a cleanup plan. Twenty years later, the
investigation of the Hercules Plant remains incomplete, but the GA-EPD feels
enough information has been collected to at least remove some of the most
Toxaphene has been found in
excess of 8% in soils on the Hercules Plant, which are many thousands of
times higher than what is safe. The extensive toxaphene contamination on
the Hercules Plant is suspected to be the source of continued releases to
Terry Creek, which have continued 27 years after manufacturing ended.
The GEC submitted
extensive comments on the proposed cleanup plan at the November 8th public
hearing. Click here
to view comments.