ORK has filed a Letter of Intent to sue the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).

View Press Release || View Letter of Intent to Sue || View Highlighted Letter of Intent to Sue


The megasite in Bryan County is known by many names but it is undoubtably the largest single construction project in the Ogeechee watershed. The site will be home to an automobile manufacturing facility owned and operated by Hyundai. Additionally, countless support businesses, warehouses, and housing developments are being built — all connected by water and sewer infrastructure and expanded trucking corridors. These pressures, and others, strain the Ogeechee Basin’s already delicate ecosystem.

Ogeechee Riverkeeper is doing all it can to conserve undisturbed natural resources, improve already-impacted waterways, and hold parties responsible for the parts they play in the negative changes.


Timeline


Permits and Comments

As part of Ogeechee Riverkeeper’s mission to protect, preserve, and improve the water quality in our basin, ORK will make official comments in response to proposals and permit applications. These comments are related to the impacts of the Megasite. View all comments.

USACE 404 Permit Decision Document – Hyundai Megasite

DRI 3709 Final Report

23.03.22 – Notice of No Significant Impact – Bryan County Board of Commissioners – GEFA Loan No. CW-2023-021 and ARPA Grant No. GA-0005950

23.04.21 – North Bryan WRF NONSI comment

23.08.15 – Warehouse zoning variance comments

23.09.29 – North Bryan WRF NPDES permit

23.09.29 – Pembroke WPCP NPDES permit

23.12.21 – SELC Comments on Savannah Container Terminal

24.02.13 – Hyundai Rail Spur wetlands fill permit

22.06.07 – SAS-2015-00235 Public Notice of Application

22.04.25 – State of GA letter of intent to Hyundai Motor

Related to water withdrawal requests

Hoffstadter & Associates Prel Eng Report

Well 1 – Application Package

Well 2 – Application Package

Bulloch-Co.-Water-Supply-Wells-comment

ORK+ARK+OHM Hinesville-Long Co Groundwater Withdrawal Permit

Bryan-Bulloch Counties – DRAFT Special Conditions

Bulloch Wells Special Conditions comment

Georgia Comprehensive State Water Management Plan – 2008


Data

Ogeechee Riverkeeper is conducting long-term monitoring, upstream and downstream, of the Megasite. This monitoring includes baseline data and will ORK to know if any number of indicators fluctuates. Remote probes check dissolved oxygen (DO), pH, conductivity, and temperature every thirty minutes.

Note: Occasional breaks in data occur when probe requires maintenance.


Dissolved Oxygen (DO) refers to the O² dissolved in water. The amount of DO is an important part of stream ecosystems, because it determines whether or what types of organisms can live in a given stream segment. Georgia standards for dissolved oxygen specify a daily average of 5.0 mg/L and an instantaneous minimum of 4.0 mg/L.


The pH of water is a measure of the concentration of hydrogen ions. A pH value of 7 is neutral, below 7 is acidic, and above 7 is alkaline. Georgia standards for pH specify pH in a range of 6 – 8.5 as acceptable.


Specific conductivity estimates the total mass of ions in water. Conductivity is proportional to the relative amount of electricity that can be conducted by water. The more dissolved ions present the higher the conductivity. Conductivity can be correlated to pollution loads. There are no state standards for specific conductance for the Ogeechee River.



Images

These images show the tremendous impact on the local landscape and the sheer scope of the project. Please contact ORK to request permission to use these images elsewhere.

Hyundai Megasite, April 2024. I-16 is in foreground.
Hyundai Megasite, April 2024. Retention pond and Black Creek is in foreground.
GA Ports, Savannah, April 2024.
Warehouses in foreground, Hyundai Megasite and I-16 in background, March 2023. Photo by One Hundred Miles.
Hyundai Megasite Clearing, I-16 in background, March 2023. Photo by One Hundred Miles.

By The Numbers

2541.25 acres – Hyundai Megasite footprint

52 million square feet & 124 new warehouses – Chatham, Effingham and Bryan Counties between 2018-2023

800 acres – wetlands filled or destroyed for warehouses in Chatham, Effingham and Bryan Counties between 2020-2023

 


In the news

Riverkeeper threatens to sue over Hyundai plant’s environmental impact – Atlanta Journal-Constitution (June 2024)

Group says it intends to sue US agencies for failing to assess Georgia plant’s environmental impact – The Washington Post (June 2024)

Ogeechee Riverkeeper to sue over Hyundai site permits – The Current GA (June 2024)

Ogeechee Riverkeeper intends to sue over Hyundai water permits – WSAV-TV (June 2024)

Ogeechee Riverkeepers demand government responsibility over alleged environmental neglect – WJCL-TV (June 2024)

Ogeechee Riverkeeper to sue U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, call to stop construction at Hyundai Megasite – WTOC-TV (June 2024)

Group says it intends to sue US agencies for failing to assess Georgia plant’s environmental impact – AP News (June 2024)

Ogeechee Riverkeeper to file suit over Metaplant permitting – Statesboro Herald (June 2024)

Conservation group seeks to halt Hyundai EV plant near Savannah with permit challenge – Savannah Morning News (June 2024)

Industry, residential development threaten Savannah’s drinking water sources, report says – Savannah Morning News (May 2024)

Savannah’s Stephens revisits false narrative in pushing private water service bill – Savannah Morning News (March 2024)

COLUMN: Silenced At The Georgia Capitol on HB 1146 – The Georgia Virtue (March 2024)

Are We In For A Local Water War? – Savannah Sideways (March 2024)

Hyundai’s EV plant needs lots of water. Some fear plans to drill wells – Atlanta Journal-Constitution (February 2024)

Water plans for Hyundai trouble Bulloch residents – The Current GA (December 2023)

Warehouse boom threatens coastal Georgia communities, environmental groups say – Savannah Morning News (November 2023)

New app raises concerns over warehouse growth – Bryan County News (November 2023)

The American Factory Boom and the Towns Its Changing – Bloomberg News (October 2023)

Construction underway for wastewater treatment facility near Hyundai Mega Site – WTOC-TV (September 2023)

5 things: Hyundai development – The Current GA (July 2023)

Riverkeeper monitors Ogeechee ahead of Hyundai boom – The Current GA (February 2023)

Amid Hyundai factory development in Bryan County, scientists to study Ogeechee River water quality – GPB (November 2022)