LCP Chemicals Georgia
Site Summary ProfileEPA ID: GAD099303182
Location: Brunswick, Glynn County, GA
Lat/Long: 31.189440, -081.508330
Congressional District: 01
NPL Status: Proposed: 10/02/95; Final: 06/17/96
Affected Media: Ground water and soil
Cleanup Status: Site cleanup activities are underway
Site Reuse/Redevelopment: Potential future use - commercial/industrial
Site Manager: Galo Jackson (email@example.com)
The LCP Chemicals Superfund Site is located in Brunswick, Georgia. The Site consists of approximately 550 acres, the majority of which is a tidal marsh. The remaining portion of the Site is occupied with process buildings, an administration office and a caustic brine treatment system. An oil refinery, a paint manufacturing company, a power plant, and a chlor-alkali plant have all operated at the Site between the early 1920s until 1994. Since the early 1920s, the Site was occupied by at least five major companies: Atlantic Refining Company (ARCO); Georgia Power Company; Dixie Paints and Varnish Company (currently, the O'Brien Company); Allied Chemical Inc. (currently, Honeywell International, Inc.); and, the Hanlin Group subsidiary, LCP Chemicals-Georgia, Inc.During various manufacturing activities, the Site became contaminated with mercury, lead, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Some or all of these contaminants are currently present in Site’s soil, ground water, tidal marsh sediment and marsh biota. A 10.5 acre caustic brine pool (CBP) exists onsite. The CBP has elevated pH (pH>11), high density, and specific gravity and elevated heavy metals (mercury, chromium, berrylium, arsenic and vanadium).
Soil and ground water have been contaminated with mercury, PCBs, and PAHs and heavy metals.
Site Cleanup Plan
The LCP Site is being managed as three operable units (OUs): OU-1 (marsh area); OU-2 (ground water); and OU-3 (contaminated upland soil). OU-1 originally covered both the marsh and upland soils. In 2005, EPA redefined the OUs to define three distinct areas for cleanup. All three operable units remain in the remedial investigation/feasibility study (RI/RS) stage. In 2007, EPA issued Administrative Order for Removal, directed to the lowering of the pH and lowering the density of the CBP, so as to retard the migration of heavy metals below the shallowest semi-confining unit.
Between 1994 and 1997, a removal action was performed on the estimated 70 acres comprising the upland portion of the Site. The removal action included the excavation of contaminated soils and industrial process waste from 26 discrete areas of contamination. The removal areas contained material contaminated with constituents including petroleum hydrocarbons (volatile and semi-volatile organic compounds), mercury, alkaline sludges, PCBs and lead. Approximately 167,000 cubic yards of soil, sediment, and waste were removed.
Between 1998 and 1999, the removal action cleanup was extended to approximately 13 acres within the marsh and parts of the tidal channels. Also, petroleum process buildings and the mercury cell buildings were dismantled.
Site cleanup activities are being led primarily by potentially responsible parties with oversight by EPA.
- The most recent re-draft of the OU1 baseline human health risk assessment (HHRA) was submitted to EPA in December 2010. This draft is under review by both EPA and the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD);
- EPA is finalizing the OU1 baseline ecological risk assessment (BERA), started by Honeywell International, Inc. This final draft of the BERA will be ready during the 1st quarter of 2011.
- The initial effort at a CBP treatment system is operating considerably under its design capacity. In late 2010, EPA requested a Work Plan (WP) for a conventional metals removal treatment system, to accelerate the CBP work. The draft WP for this system is under review by both EPA and GaEPD.
- The most recent re-draft of the OU3 baseline human health risk assessment was submitted to EPA in January 2010. Comments were returned to Honeywell International, Inc. in March 2010. As of December 2010, discussions between EPA, EPD and Honeywell on the OU3 HHRA continued;
- EPA is approved the OU3 BERA in August 2010.
In 1994, EPA issued a Unilateral Administrative Order for Removal to several of the former owners/operators of the facility which instructed them to undertake cleanup operations at the site.
PRPs for the site signed an Administrative Order on Consent (AOC) with EPA in June 1995 to conduct the RI/FS for the site.
Honeywell signed an AOC with EPA in April 2007 to conduct the CBP removal action.
EPA has conducted a range of community involvement activities at the site to solicit community input and to ensure that the public remains informed about site activities throughout the site cleanup process. Outreach activities have included public meetings and public notices regarding major cleanup activities.
It is anticipated that the Records of Decision for OU-1 and OU-3 will be finalized during in 2012 and 2011, respectively.
Work of the removal action for the CBP continues.
Site Administrative Documents
For more information or to view any site-related documents, please visit the site information repository at the following location. As new documents are generated, they will be placed in the information repository for public information.
Three Rivers Regional Library System
(formerly Brunswick-Glynn County Library System)
208 Gloucester Street
Brunswick, Georgia 31520
For documents not available on the website, please contact the Region 4 Freedom of Information Office.