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Sept. 26 - Carter Pushes for Action on Terry Creek Superfund Site

Brunswick Business Journal Staff Report
 
September 26, 2018 - Congressman Earl L. "Buddy" Carter met with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler about the Terry Creek/Hercules site in Brunswick. Carter said he asked Wheeler to work with other federal partners, including the Department of Justice, to put forth a consent decree that is beneficial to all parties. 
 
"I told the administrator that the EPA and their federal partners need to go back to the drawing board to develop a consent decree that is consistent with the needs of our local community,” said Carter.”
 
In a letter that Congressman Carter gave to Wheeler, he wrote, “As the Acting Administrator of the EPA, you have a number of responsibilities and programs to oversee, including the Superfund program. I have asked questions about the Superfund program's progress, especially as it relates to timeliness and remediation. One such site of interest is the Terry Creek/Hercules site in Brunswick, Georgia. This site, where chemicals were previously manufactured, is an important stretch of land and is extremely valuable to the local community's ability to develop. As such, I ask that you work with other federal partners, including the Department of Justice, to put forth a consent decree that is beneficial to all parties.” 
 
Carter also relayed the information he received in his meeting earlier this week on the issue with local community members in Brunswick. In his letter, he shared information on a resolution passed by the Glynn County Board of Commissioners and the City of Brunswick last week opposing the consent decree and the proposed remedial action. The concern is that contaminated materials would be stored onsite instead of removed. “It is a difficult task pursuing economic development opportunities, and to have to market a property with contaminated materials only makes it more difficult,” wrote Carter in his letter. “While the Department of Justice has a leading role in the recently released consent decree, I urge you to work with them to consider the thoughts and needs of the local communities and to put forth a solution that accounts for those.” 
 
 
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