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LCP Superfund site still toxic
Further cleanup at the LCP Chemicals environmental Superfund site is required before residential development can occur, according to a federal public health agency.

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry held two public meetings - one Monday and the other Tuesday - to discuss hazardous waste remaining on the dry land area of the site, which spans about 133 acres, on Ross Road in Glynn County. The site borders the Turtle River.

After collecting and assessing environmental data for two years, the agency concluded that about 30 acres would pose health risks to children and adults if it were to become residential and about 5 acres would be a concern if it were to be used for commercial or industrial application, said David Mellard, a toxicologist with the agency.

"The soil around the cell building still seems to have significant levels of hazardous chemicals," Mellard said.

The four chemicals of concern include PCBs, mercury, lead and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. Contact with these chemicals can cause a range of adverse health effects, including cancer, reduced attention span, impaired vision and hearing, small delays in puberty and small decreases in IQ, according to the agency.

The public health assessment findings released by the agency are largely consistent with what the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has found at areas of the site requiring immediate remediation, said Derek Matory, Superfund remedial section chief for the region.

"Next year, the EPA will look at a record of decision, which is a formal review and plan, and state what we believe should be done there and what is an acceptable risk level," Matory said.

The cleanup work cannot come soon enough for Daniel Parshley, project manager for the Glynn Environmental Coalition, a citizens watchdog group.

"I think this meeting showed that in 15 years not a lot has been happening out there," Parshley said. "It's time to get moving again."

He said the dry land areas can continue to contaminate groundwater and the adjoining river until an effective cleanup is completed.

The model of the dry land does not provide a true picture of the site's impact on the surrounding environment because it does not include the wetlands, said Kevin Pegg, technical advisor for the Glynn Environmental Coalition.

"The marshlands and the groundwater beneath the site are both actually quite hazardous, as well," Pegg said. "Merely treating a few areas in the uplands cannot reduce the threat this site represents. The entire LCP site needs to be remediated and rendered harmless."

Zach Lyde, a Brunswick resident who attended the meeting, said future development should never occur on the LCP site.

Learn more

The public has until Dec. 22 to comment on the Public Health Assessment before a final report is made. Hard copies of the document may be viewed in Brunswick at four locations:

* Glynn Environmental Coalition, 4472 New Jesup Hwy.

* Arco United Methodist Church, 3820 Ross Road

* Selden Park Recreation Center, 3327 Newcastle St.

* Three Rivers Regional Library System, 208 Gloucester St.

To view the document online, visit www.atsdr.cdc.gov/sites/lcp/.




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