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EPA Announces the release of the Interim Record of Decision for the Terry Creek Dredge Spoil Areas/Hercules Outfall Site, Operable Unit 1: Outfall Ditch in Brunswick, Glynn County, Georgia

Contact Information: 
Dawn Harris-Young (
(404) 562-8421 (Direct), (404) 562-8400 (Main)

ATLANTA - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued an Interim Action Record of Decision (IROD) that specifies the interim remedy for Operable Unit 1: Outfall Ditch at the Terry Creek Dredge Spoil Areas/Hercules Outfall Site. The State of Georgia Environmental Protection Division concurred with the interim remedy decision.

The major components of the interim remedy to address the sediment contamination in OU1 include:

  • re-routing the discharge into a newly constructed concrete-lined conveyance channel;
  • placement of geo-textile fabric over existing sediment in the outfall ditch;
  • backfilling the outfall ditch with compacted clean soil;
  • armoring the backfill slope;
  • seeding and stabilization of disturbed areas;
  • periodic inspections, maintenance, and sediment removal; and
  • development of a long term monitoring plan.

A final copy of the IROD and the documents that support this decision will be made available in the near future in the site repository housed at the Brunswick/Glynn County Regional Library at 208 Gloucester Street in Brunswick, Ga.

The next step in the process is to begin the remedial design for the implementation of the interim remedy. EPA will continue to update the community throughout the Superfund Process.

For further information, please contact Angela Miller, EPA Community Involvement Coordinator (678) 575-8132 or via email

The Terry Creek site consists of a salt water tidal creek and marsh system contaminated with toxaphene caused by discharges from the former Hercules pesticide plant. The site is located on the Atlantic coast directly east of the city of Brunswick, near the confluence of Terry Creek, Dupree Creek, and the Back River, north of the Torras Causeway and east of U.S. Highway 17.

The site was proposed to the National Priorities List (NPL) in 1997; however, the site was never finalized on the NPL. The EPA plans to utilize the Superfund Alternative Approach (SAA) at the Site in cleanup settlement agreements with potentially responsible parties (PRPs) for remedial action work. The SAA is an alternative to listing a site on the NPL before securing a cleanup agreement at the site. The EPA may enter into cleanup agreements at sites not on the NPL if there is a willing PRP, the site scores high enough to be listed on the NPL, and a remedial action is required. The SAA uses the same process and standards for investigation, cleanup, and community involvement as sites on the NPL.

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