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EPA to hold public meeting on Terry Creek cleanup plan
By Pamela Permar Shierling
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold a public meeting to discuss and solicit comments on the Proposed Cleanup Plan for Outfall Ditch/Operable Unit 1 (OU1) of the Terry Creek Superfund Site.
The meeting will be held Thursday, July 30 from 6 until 7:30 p.m. in the Brunswick Glynn County Library on Gloucester St.
The Hercules Brunswick pesticide plant discharged untreated wastewater through the Outfall Ditch into Dupree Creek from 1948 until 1980. EPA proposed placing the site on the National Priorities List (NPL)1 in 1997 because of pesticide-contaminated groundwater, soil, sediment, and fish tissue.
In 1999, EPA entered into an agreement with Hercules to conduct a Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study (RI/FS) for the Site. Hercules submitted a RI/FS work plan to EPA in 2001. However, work on the project was suspended shortly after due to concerns regarding the way toxaphene is measured as well as the interpretation of the toxicity of toxaphene breakdown products.
‘Land use’ changes ready for public input
• ‘Land use’ town hall this week
By Matthew J. Permar
The Glynn County Commission met in a work session last week to discuss the proposed changes to their zoning ordinance for the third time.
The changes are the result of complaints from a number of St. Simons Island residents about several recent developments they feel are damaging the ambiance of the island.
In response to the complaints the commission enacted a 90 moratorium on new development and is using the time to make changes to the zoning and land use laws in an attempt to preserve the character of the island.
Last week during the Tuesday work session, commission chairman Dale Provenzano (Dist. 2) said they would review each of the changes and then decide to do one of three things: a.) forward it to the Mainland and Island Planning Commissions where it will be discussed in a public hearing before being returned to the county commission with a recommendation of either approval or denial; b.) hold it over for more discussion; or c.) throw it out.
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