Our September newsletter offers updates on our clients as well as some of the latest environmental news.
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To our clients and friends,

As summer slowly fades into fall, we're taking the time to enjoy the last opportunities for summer activities. Soon the temperatures will drop and humidity will give way to cool breezes. Our work here at ESC will continue and we look forward to seeing what fall will bring for our clients and communities around the country. 

All the best,

The ESC Team

Peter deFur, President 
Laura Williams, Senior Environmental Scientist
Jessica Greene, Research Assistant
Candace Boyce, Office Administrator
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Team News

Peter will travel to Portland, OR from August 30 to September 1 to speak at the Portland Harbor Community Meeting on August 31. He will be presenting on the differences between the EPA and the community's preferred cleanup options for the site.
ESC will also be traveling to Midland, Michigan to attend the Saginaw-Tittabawassee Community Advisory Group's meeting on September 19.
Brunswick, GA
Photo: James Holland

Brunswick Wood Preserving Site: creosote, copper chromium arsenate, PCP
LCP Chemicals Site: metals (mercury, lead), PAHs, PCBs
Terry Creek Site: toxaphene
The Consent Decree and Statement of Work for the LCP Chemicals site have been released. The comment period on the Consent Decree closes on September 6. Comments can be emailed to: or mailed to the Assistant Attorney General, U.S. DOJ-ENRD, P.O. Box 7611 Washington, DC 20044-7611.

Full scale soil treatment began in July at the Brunswick Wood Preserving site. Soils west of the gas line were treated first. A new gas line has been relocated on top of the treated soils and connected to the existing pipeline. Treatment has resumed for soils in the other treatment cells as well. Two more utility lines are waiting to be addressed.

The next First Friday lunch will occur on September 2 at 11 AM at Captain Joe's Seafood, 5298 New Jesup Hwy, Brunswick. Debby Waters, Reporter for the Jesup Press Sentinel Newspaper, will be speaking on the threats coal ash poses and the fight to stop it from being dumped at the Braodhurst Land Fill in Wayne County. A Glynn Environmental Coalition (GEC) Board Meeting will following the lunch.

GEC's Annual Membership Meeting and picnic will be held on Saturday, September 24 from 12-3 PM at Altamaha Regional Park. 

For more information, visit the Glynn Environmental Coalition's 
Portland Harbor, OR
Photo: Peter deFur 
Contaminants: dioxins, metals (lead, zinc, mercury, tin), PAHs, pesticides, PCBs

The public comment period for the Portland Harbor Proposed Plan closes on September 8. Comments can be submitted to or mailed to Attn: Harbor Comments, U.S. EPA, 805 SW Broadway, Suite 500 Portland, OR 97205.

The next Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group (PHCAG) general meeting will take place on Wednesday September 14 from 6-8 PM at the City of Portland's Water Pollution Control Testing Lab, 6543 N. Burlington Ave, Portland. 

Peter's presentation from the June 21 PHCAG public forum on the Portland Harbor Proposed Plan and ESC's issues with the Proposed Plan are available to view. 

For the latest updates and information about Portland Harbor, go to PHCAG's website or Facebook page.   
Radford Army Ammunition Plant, VA
Photo: Environmental Patriots of the New River Valley

Contaminants: heavy metals and solvents

Strides to end the antiquated practice of open burning of munitions are gaining momentum across the country, and the Radford Ammunition Plant could potentially get a controlled burn incinerator. More information can be found here.

For more information, visit the Environmental Patriots of the New River Valley's Facebook page.
Hudson, NY
Photo: Peter deFur

Contaminants: PCBs

New York State's Environmental Commissioner has called GE's cleanup of PCB contamination in the Hudson River inadequate and has requested that the EPA provide more oversight. Click here for more information.

Visit the Hudson River CAG webpage for information and updates on upcoming meetings.
Housatonic River, MA
Photo: Peter deFur

Contaminant: PCBs

GE is planning on relocating it's headquarters, and on September 7th, formal public meetings will be held at the Boston Redevelopment Authority, where the environmental impact of the relocation will be discussed.  More information can be obtained here.

Visit the GE-Pittsfield/Housatonic River website and Facebook for more more information.
Spring Valley, D.C.
Photo:  Jessica Greene
Contaminants: arsenic, mustard, Lewisite

The final Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) Health Consultation report has been released; a summary of public comments and ATSDR responses are included in an appendix. The Site-Wide Proposed Plan comment period has been extended to September 28. Comments can be emailed to or mailed to US Army Corps of Engineers, ATTN: Chris Gardener, Rm. 11400, 10 South Howard St., Baltimore, MD 21201.

The next Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 13 at 7 pm. These meetings are open to the public. Currently, the RAB meets on the second Tuesday of every odd month for about 60-90 minutes in the ‘Undercroft’ meeting room at St. David’s Episcopal Church, 5150 Macomb Street NW, Washington, D.C.

Stay up to date on the latest site developments on the Army Corps website.
Midland, MI
Photo: Saginaw-Tittabawassee Rivers Contamination CAG
Contaminants: dioxins and furans

The Proposed Plan for cleanup of segments 4 and 5 of the Tittabawassee River is due out in early September. A 45 day comment period will follow the Plan's release.  

The Saginaw-Tittabawassee Community Advisory Group (Saginaw CAG) will be holding a meeting on Monday, September 19 at 6PM at Memorial Park, 150 Park St., Freeland, MI. The meeting will cover general updates and the Segment 4 cleanup plans. Visit the EPA's webpage or the Saginaw-Tittabawassee Community Advisory Group's website for more information.
NuHart, NY
Photo: Peter deFur
Contaminants: phthalates, TCE

Neighbors Allied for Good Growth (NAG) Action, a once-a-month meeting of citizens looking to learn and do more in the Williamsburg/Greenpoint Community, meets the first Tuesday of every month at various locales around the neighborhood. For more information, visit the NAG website.
Port Angeles
Photo: Peter deFur
Contaminants: arsenic, dioxins, furans lead, petroleum hydrocarbons, PCBs

The approval of the Port of Port Angeles settlements with ExxonMobil and Rayonier Advanced Materials will reimburse the Port's out-of-pocket costs of cleaning the former plywood mill site. Since the Port paid for the upfront costs, the site's cleanup was able to be finished quickly. 

For more recent developments, client updates, photos, and news, please see the links below.

Biologists are alarmed over the lack of young sturgeon found around the Chesapeake Bay 

New research suggests that species conservation can aid in lowering carbon dioxide levels

U.S. Air Force is replacing PFOA-/PFOS-containing firefighting foam, which is suspected of contaminating drinking water

The National Park Service celebrated its centennial on August 25
All photos are by ESC unless otherwise noted

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