The possibility of using the a Superfund site off Ross Road as a solar farm is on the agenda for the Glynn County Commission’s Tuesday special called meeting.
A number of industrial facilities called the site home from 1919 to 1994, including the oil refining Atlantic Richfield Company, Georgia Power and LCP Chemicals, which purchased a chlor-alkali plant on the site in 1979 and also produced hydrochloric acid, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
LCP closed its plant in 1994, and the site’s 681 acres of tidal marshlands and 88 acres of uplands were added to the EPA’s list of Superfund sites in 1996. The site has since been under observation and testing.
Georgia Power and Honeywell, a successor to one of the companies found responsible for contaminating the site, were tasked with the Superfund site’s cleanup.
The land is currently undergoing two years of monitoring while a remedial plan is developed to contain the contamination on the site. Not all of it is unused, however. The Glynn County Detention Center sits on about 35 acres of the Superfund site.
Georgia Power Regional Manager Paulo Albuquerque said he had given contact information for the utility’s solar power experts in Atlanta to County Manager Alan Ours, but didn’t know anything about the county’s plans or if Ours had contacted them.
Ours was not available to comment Friday.
It wouldn’t be a first for Glynn County. According to the Brunswick-Glynn County Development Authority’s website, Israeli based Energiya Global Capital struck a $30 million deal with Georgia Power through the utility’s Advanced Solar Initiative in 2015. Energiya constructed a solar farm just off Harry Driggers Boulevard, which officially started operations in June 2016.
In other business, One Hundred Miles Executive Director Megan Desrosiers plans to give the commission an update four Glynn County COAST public open houses held earlier this week.
COAST — Creating Our Adaptation Strategy Together — is a public education initiative intended to get the public involved in environmental advocacy, particularly in regards to flooding and urban sprawl.
The meeting is scheduled for 3 p.m. Tuesday in the Harold Pate Courthouse Annex, 1725 Reynolds St. in Brunswick.