BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- Land in a mixed commercial and residential area contaminated due to an old facility that closed down in 1991 is spreading.
The 84-acre Brunswick Wood Preserving site used to treat logs with creosote, pentachlorophenol and chromated copper arsenate before going bankrupt.
According to the EPA website, the soil and ground water of the area, which includes Burnett Creek sediments, is contaminated. Burnett Creek borders the site on the west and south while the urban population of Brunswick borders the north and east.
"Some areas have less contaminated groundwater beyond the barrier walls, while other areas now have contaminated groundwater where it had not been contaminated before," said Dr. Peter deFur, technical advisor for the Glynn Environmental Coalition.
The EPA and the Georgia Environmental Protection Division conducted a large-scale removal of the immediate risks and environmental impacts at the site from 1991 to 1996, then added it to the National Priorities list in 1997.
"In March 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency completed the installation of an underground slurry wall and cap at the Brunswick Wood Preserving Superfund Site," said deFur. "But some contaminants remained outside of the wall."
The EPA website says the long-term cleanup plan is under construction.
"The EPA is preparing a report about the technologies available to clean up the spreading contaminated groundwater," said Daniel Parshley, Project Manager for the Glynn Environmental Coalition. "The Coalition will have Environmental Stewardship Concepts, or ESC, review the EPA report and produce a summary for our community."
To speed up the cleanup, the EPA website details that the EPA will use the $8.3 million in Recovery Act funding. The money will be primarily used to support the capping of the containment cells and groundwater treatment.
"Dr. deFur and his scientists on the ESC staff have been following developments at the Brunswick Wood Preserving Superfund Site and reporting to our community by way of an EPA Technical Assistance Grant to the Coalition," said Parshley. "We will continue to keep our community appraised about this developing situation."
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