The Brunswick and Glynn County Development Authority placed a notice of
Public Hearing on the bond issuance to Innovative Foam Products, LLC, and
requested interested parties to submit any concerns about the nature of the
Project proposed to be financed. The Glynn Environmental Coalition (GEC)
does have concerns about chemicals that may potentially be used by
Innovative Foam Products, LLC.
The GEC requested that assurance be obtained by the Brunswick and Glynn
County Development Authority that Innovative Foam Products, LLC, will not
use Decabromodiphenyl Ether (DBPE) during their manufacturing process or
during fire retardant treatment of foam products. Furthermore, the GEC
requested that the Bond agreement specify that DBPE will not be used a
condition of the Bond issuance.
The GEC provided information concerning the problems being encountered with
DBPE to the Brunswick and Glynn County Development Authority, which include
it being a Persistent, Bioaccumulative, and Toxic (PBT) chemical that is
currently banned in other states and countries, and bans are being
considered by the European Union and the United Nations.
Glynn County has been extensively contaminated by PCBs and dioxin, which
DBPE is very similar to in chemical structure and ecological effects. Like
PCBs and other chemicals with two phenyl rings in its structure, DBPE
bioaccumulates in fish and people. The health effects are similar, and
recent research has shown it to be a potent developmental toxicant in
animals by reducing learning ability.
The Brunswick and Glynn County Development Authority contacted Innovative
Foam Products, LLC, and has received assurances that DBPE will not be used.
The GEC has requested the prohibition on DBPE be included as a condition of
the Bond issuance.