AGENDA and MINUTES
PRESENT: Jack Hardman, Chairman
Milton Lynn, Vice Chairman
Commissioner, Virginia Gunn
Commissioner, Gladys Martin-Lyde
Commissioner, James E. "Sonny" Miller
Commissioner, Robert E. Strickland
Commissioner, Fred Tullos
ALSO PRESENT: Lee Gilmour, County Administrator
Gary Moore, County Attorney
Cynthia J. McKinley, County Clerk
STAFF PRESENT: Chief Carl Alexander
INVOCATION by Commissioner Milton Lynn
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG
Commissioner Hardman stated this meeting is being held to receive information for EPA and EPD regarding a study of the Brunswick, Glynn County area. The City Commissioners were invited, but were not present. Also asked some folks from the Glynn County Health Department to be here, but they are not present either.
The Board of Commissioners heard from Dorothy Rayfield from EPA and Bill Monday from EPD. Ms. Rayfield stated they were here to brief the commissioners on an upcoming meeting being held on August 10 at which John Hackensen, Regional Administrator EPA and David Word of EPD, will be briefing the community on a community based approach to environmental protection proposed for the Brunswick community. The Brunswick Community will be an area wide study of Brunswick, Glynn County were we will assess the area as a whole.
We have a 1 (one) year short term goal is to assess the overall environmental conditions of the area. A long term goal will be to include additional work that we anticipate will be completed in the next 3 years at sites such as the Escambia Wood site, the LCP Chemicals site and the Hercules 009 landfill site.
Susan Eason, of Georgia EPD has been designated the coordinator for Georgia. Steve Hall has been designated EPA's ESD coordinator. Study groups have been formed to assess the environmental problems, the ground water and surface water. Those groups are currently made up of EPA, EPD, Georgia ATSDR, with input from NOAH and US Fish and Wildlife.
A study area has been designated that will include Brunswick and portions of Glynn County based on the 20 identified potential hazardous waste sites listed in the Federal Surplus Database and the Georgia Hazardous Inventory List.
Commissioner Miller asked if a time and place had been set for the August 10, meeting. Response was it would be held at the Ritz Theater at 7:00 P.M. and would be advertised.
Bill Monday stated that EPD was in full cooperation with EPA on this project and that both agencies would welcome any ideas from the community that would help the project.
Commissioner Lynn asked about the 4 mile radius study area. The Board and public were given a handout showing a map of the proposed study area.
Commissioner Strickland asked about the study of disposal sites. Ms. Rayfield responded that they would like to sample the disposal sites, and that some data had already been gathered and would be used as part of their study, however they did not want to duplicate any work that had already been performed. They also want to look at some of the landfill currently undergoing ground water monitoring and have that data shared with them.
Commissioner Strickland asked if they would also be involving themselves with active industry such as Georgia Pacific and Hercules or other industries. Ms. Rayfield responded that she couldn't say specifically. Hercules is a permanent facility so we will be looking at that, the State of Georgia is actively involved in that.
Commissioner Strickland asked how the EPD selected this area as opposed to another area in the state. Mr. Monday's response was the concept of community and sector base initiative is a new division for EPA management. One reason that Brunswick was selected was the wealth of natural resources and it has a history with an industrial base with industry releases into the air, water and land.
Commissioner Strickland asked what is the time frame projected for a review of the study itself from point A to point B. Mr. Monday's response was a year after we approve the study plan up to three (3) years for the long term project.
Commissioner Lyde asked if the meeting scheduled for August 10 was to get input as to what the study would include.
Commissioner Gunn asked if EPA is working with fish and wildlife or just human testing. Ms. Rayfield response was they are also working with fish and wildlife. Mr. Monday stated that the wish is to have an conclusive study of the area.
Commissioner Lynn asked if they were going to wait until August 10 on the additional samples for expressed concerns. Mr. Monday response was that they wanted to present the concept and get input for the benefit of the area and have everyone a part of the decision making process and investigation.
Commissioner Strickland went on record to say that LCP was given guidelines by EPD and they adhered to those guidelines. Anytime they went outside of those guideline they reported it. They were actually investigated and given a fine. One of them as high as $200,000. That was over several years. EPD was aware of every heartbeat that went on were it involved environmental, whatever but we always reported any violation to the state level, which was required and they did so, and other industry are also under EPD guidelines and they are also reporting any problems they have especially were it involves environmental the state is required to know A.S.A.P. and this is being done. Do have anything contrary to that?
Mr. Monday response was that EPD had been aware of the environmental problems in the area through the routine monitoring by the industries. In trying to develop a balance of enforcement, the needs of the community and jobs, in retrospect we may have taken a different course of action at an earlier time but there was interest in keeping LCP a viable member of this community and the statutes that require the director of EPD to exhaust negations, cooperation, conciliation with the industries we regulate before you take a step as drastic as shutting someone down, you have to do that and has attempted to do that.
Motion to adjourn by Commissioner Lynn, second by Commissioner Tullos. Unanimous. Meeting adjourned.