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Press Release | May 30, 2024

Unified Command established for Brunswick East River Mystery Sheen Response

PADET Jacksonville - Office: 904-714-7606 / After Hours: 786-393-4138

BRUNSWICK, Ga. — A Unified Command has been established in Brunswick, Tuesday, to coordinate response actions and disseminate information for the Brunswick East River Mystery Sheen (BERMS) Response. 

An investigation into the cause of the sheen affecting the waterway has been ongoing since February 2019. 

Hard boom and absorbent materials have been placed around the property’s waterfront to contain and recover any product that enters the water as the source of the sheen remains unknown at this time. 

The Unified Command has spill response contractors working to locate and secure the source of the discharge to prevent any potential environmental impacts. 

The BERMS Response Unified Command includes: 

  • U.S. Coast Guard 
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 
  • Georgia Department of Natural Resources 

Additional supporting agencies: 

  • City of Brunswick Fire 
  • City of Brunswick Emergency Management 
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 
  • Resolve Marine, Inc.  

The media is requested to email for response to inquiries and interviews. 

The Unified Command’s operational priorities are ensuring the safety of the public and responders and protecting the environment, information dissemination, and maintaining the stability of the Marine Transportation System.  

For any reports of pollution please contact the National Response Center at 1-800-424-8802.