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Thursday, April 5, 2012 - 7:00am

Former Superfund Site To House Jail

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has given Glynn County clearance to build a new jail on land that was once a polluted Superfund site.

Glynn County Commission spokeswoman Candice Temple says the agency recently issued a certificate declaring the site ready for commercial and industrial use and as a detention facility.

The Florida Times-Union reports that the former chlorine plant and adjacent grounds and marsh were heavily contaminated with mercury, PCBs, lead and other pollutants before the site was cleaned up in the 1990s.

Temple said county commissioners asked the EPA for the clearance as an extra precaution before starting construction on the 610-bed jail. Construction could start this summer.