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Case Summary: $29 Million Settlement to Clean up Saltwater Marsh at the LCP Chemicals Superfund Site

Under a settlement announced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on July 29, 2016, Honeywell International Inc. and Georgia Power Company will spend almost $29 million to clean up a 760-acre saltwater marsh at the LCP Chemicals Superfund Site in Brunswick, GA. One of the goals of the cleanup is to eventually lift the current commercial fishing ban and fish consumption advisories.

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Information about the companies

Honeywell International Inc. is a multinational conglomerate corporation that produces a variety of products. Honeywell is headquartered in Morris Plains, NJ. Georgia Power Co. is a regional, publicly-owned electric power company headquartered in Atlanta, GA.

Information about the LCP Chemicals Superfund Site

Between 1919 and 1994, various industrial operations were located at the LCP Chemicals Superfund Site, including a petroleum refinery, an electric power generation facility, and a mercury cell chlor-alkali plant. The industrial activities led to widespread contamination of the Site’s soil, groundwater, surface water and sediment with mercury, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and other hazardous substances. The site was placed on the National Priorities List in 1996.

For more information on the Site, please visit LCP Chemicals Superfund Site.

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Summary of the consent decree

Cleanup work at the LCP Chemicals Superfund site began in 1994 and has included the demolition of contaminated buildings, the dredging and excavation of 13 acres of marsh and the removal of contaminated soil and waste from the site’s upland areas. The Site has been divided into three areas. Under this settlement, the remediation work will be focused on the site’s tidal marsh and creeks. EPA will address the groundwater and upland areas of the Site in future actions.

Under the settlement, the settling parties are required to dredge and install protective caps on portions of four tidal creeks, place a layer of clean sediment on 11 acres of marsh and restore areas disturbed by construction. The work is expected to reduce concentrations of mercury, PCBs, lead and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in the marsh’s sediments. Additionally, capping the contaminants in place will prevent them from moving throughout the marsh and contaminating its animal life.

Honeywell and Georgia Power will also monitor the cleanup remedy’s long-term effectiveness at reducing risks to human health and the environment.

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Contact information

For more information, contact

Stacey A. Haire
Senior Attorney
Office of Regional Counsel
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Region 4
61 Forsyth Street, SW
Atlanta, GA  30303
(404) 562-9676
haire.stacey@epa.gov

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