FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 28, 2007
For more information contact:
Daniel E. Parshley
Out of Control
Superfund Site Unites Community for Action
Toxic water from a Superfund Site
flooding neighborhoods is high on the list of concerns of residents near the
defunct Brunswick Wood Preserving (BWP) site. They want answers from the
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at an upcoming April 5th meeting in
Brunswick, Georgia. "It has been six years since the EPA presented a plan
to control the Brunswick Wood Preserving Superfund Site," said Robin
Reichenbach. "Since then the Superfund Site has gone totally out of
control, flooding our neighborhood."
"After the flooding, the EPA told
us they were going to do soil testing, but they never did," said Reichenbach.
"Nothing has been done to keep flooding from happening again."
"EPA says it's okay, but people
complain about not feeling good and wonder if it is the water," said Debbie
Gress, owner of several rental properties next to the Superfund Site. "It
needs to be cleaned up so there is not that question."
"After the flood, our family felt
so bad that we moved," said John Grant. "None of us have had the rashes,
sores, and earaches we used to have after the flood. Now that we have
moved, we all feel better."
Efforts by Congressman Jack
Kingston to get the flooding problem addressed have been met by EPA secrecy.
"Congressman Kingston has requested specific details about the Site but the
EPA has said they cannot release the information to us," said Congressional
Aide Rob Asbell. "We have met with the residents and put significant effort
into getting the flooding stopped but the EPA has not cooperated to our
satisfaction. The EPA even refused to give the Congressman information
about how the Site has been prioritized."
"The Brunswick Wood Preserving
Superfund Site operated from 1958 to 1991 and was listed as a Superfund Site
in 1997," said Daniel Parshley, project manager for the Glynn Environmental
Coalition. "Through an EPA Technical Assistance Grant, we have been
following progress at the Site. Our community's technical advisor, Dr.
Kevin Pegg, has been reviewing the technical documents and studies, and
producing reports the layperson can understand."
"The list of problems at the Site
continues to grow," said Dr. Pegg, the community's technical advisor. "Over
land, underground, and into Burnett Creek, the toxic chemicals at the Site
continue to spread. What was once isolated to the Site is now spreading
under nearby properties. For over 30 years, a toxic mix of copper,
chromium, arsenic, pentachlorophenol, and creosote have been flowing into
Burnett Creek. This is a significant health threat to those fishing and
eating seafood from the creek."
"Up to 1997, some progress was
made and 151,000 tons of contaminated material was disposed off-site," said
Parshley. "That leaves more than a million cubic yards still at the Site.
The underlying problem and the cause of the flooding is that the EPA left
the job half done."
"The Superfund Site is a
significant obstacle to economic development in the area," said Nathan
Sparks, Director of the Brunswick and Glynn County Development Authority.
"We would like the EPA to get the job done to alleviate concerns of
potential investors and businesses that have expressed interest in the
"Our community did try to keep
this disaster from happening," said Paul Redding. "Ours and many other
families living along Burnett Creek tried to stop the free flow of chemicals
from the wood preserving site in the early 1970's. Just like then, it's a
lot of promises and no action."
Contact information for persons
Daniel Parshley, Glynn
Environmental Coalition 912-466-0934
Debbie Gress 267-6623
Nathan Sparks, Brunswick and Glynn
County Development Authority 912-265-6629
Rob Asbell, Congressman Jack
Kingston Aide 912-265-9010
Dr. R. Kevin Pegg, community
Technical Advisor through an EPA Technical Assistance Grant to the Glynn
Environmental Coalition 904-261-9039
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Thursday, April 5th, 6-8 PM,
Stellar Conference Center, Venture Drive (off I-95 exit 38), Brunswick,
GA. The EPA will not make a formal presentation. The local community's
technical advisor, Dr. Kevin R. Pegg, and EPA staff and contractors, will be
available to answer questions and provide information about the work which
is to begin at the Brunswick Wood Preserving Site. For more information: