The Hercules/Pinova plant has been in operation since 1911, during that time the facility has produced numerous products including Toxaphene, wood rosins, and other specialty chemicals. Residual chemical wastes from the past 100+ years of industrial activity are still present in the soils and groundwater.
The facility was first issued a Hazardous Waste Permit by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division in 1987 for storage of over 50,000 gallons of hazardous waste in containers. Currently, the permit includes post-closure care for five former Toxaphene surface impoundments (a body of water confined within an enclosure) and requires site-wide cleanup.
There are five main areas of concern at the facility:
The Georgia Environmental Protection Division announced its intent to renew the Hazardous Waste Facility Permit issued to Hercules LLC. and Pinova Inc. This is a permit that Hercules and Pinova are required to hold by the Georgia Hazardous Waste Management Act.
Our concerns with the draft permit:
How does the Georgia Environmental Protection Division plan to enforce this permit and ensure the cleanup is completed in an efficient manner?
How is the Georgia Environmental Protection Division going to ensure that the health of the residents of the Terry Creek Community is not impacted by the encroaching groundwater contamination?
What efforts will be facilitated to keep our community informed of the ongoing cleanup and what actions are being taken to remove contamination from the soils and groundwater on the site?
The Georgia Environmental Protection Division is accepting comments until April 30, 2020. Individual citizens can submit comments by:
The Okefenokee Swamp, a pristine and iconic wetland in southern Georgia, is home to the state’s treasured Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. Twin Pines Minerals has submitted an application to the Savannah District of US Army Corps of Engineers for a permit under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act for a proposed mining operation.
Twin Pines Minerals plans to impact over 580 acres of wetlands and over 7,000 feet of streams at the headwaters of the St. Marys River and near the Okefenokee Swamp. There is not enough information available at this point to prove that the project will not impact the hydrology of swamp and St. Marys River.