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3/29/2024

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Spill Incidents investigated by the Georgia EPD
posted as of April 7, 2024



EPA announces the release of the 2022 Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) National Analysis with positive news.

Toxic chemical releases have declined 21% in 10 years according to new TRI data.
From the announcement received March 21, 2024, "environmental releases of TRI chemicals from facilities covered by the program were 21% lower in 2022 compared to 2013. This includes a 26% decrease in air releases. During this 10-year period, releases from manufacturing facilities decreased by 9% while the value added to the U.S. economy from manufacturing increased by 14%. While overall releases increased by 1% from 2021 to 2022, there was a 6.5% increase in the number of pollution prevention activities reported under the TRI Program compared to 2021."


Report a spill 1-800-241-4113

Georgia EPD 24 hour Emergency Operations Center

Spills from a vessel into navigable waterways - 1-800-424-8802
Coast Guard National Response Center (NRC)



Reported to Georgia EPD this month
  • March 14 - 50 gallons of hydraulic fluid reported spilled onto the concrete from a leaking crane off Dr Luke Glenn Garrett Jr Hwy in Austell - Cobb - Chattahoochee
  • March 7 - unknown amount of oil reported spilled from the back of a dealership off Franklin St in Sylvester - Cobb - Suwannee
  • March 15 - 100448 gallons of sewage reported spilled due to unstated cause on Thrasher Circle in Decatur - DeKalb - Ocmulgee
  • March 12 - 14135 gallons of sanitary sewage reported spilled due to an unknown cause off Memorial College Ave in Clarkston - DeKalb - not noted in the spill information is there is a creek very nearby to the spill location that comes off of High Sipvey Lake - Ocmulgee
  • March 12 - unknown amount of sewage reported spilled onto an unknown surface off Flatbridge Rd in Lithonia - DeKalb - South River is near this location - Ocmulgee
  • March 12 - unknown amount of sewage reported spilled into Sugar Creek as a result of heavy rain in the area of Third Ave in Decatur - DeKalb - Ocmulgee
  • March 9 - 285000 gallons of sewage reported spilled due to heavy rain off Briarcliff Rd in Decatur - DeKalb - Chattahoochee

Spill reports posted previously in 2024:
    March 8 - 100 gallons of diluted coolant water reported dumped into an on site storm drain that runs to a retention pond off Valentine Industrial Parkway in Pendergrass - Jackson - water was collected with buckets and absorbent pads - Oconee
  • March 4 - unknown amount of unknown hazardous waste reported to be dumped into a tree line behind a plant in McDonough - Henry - Ocmulgee
  • March 9 - unknown amount of sewage reported spilled due to heavy rain fall on Barksdale St in Vidalia - Toombs - Spill is ongoing and impacting Little Rocky Creek - Altamaha
  • March 7 - unknown amount of propylene resin pellets reported spilled into roof vents on Paper Lane in Clarkesville - Habersham - tributary to Soquel River impacted
  • March 2 - 75 gallons of diesel and motor oil reported spilled from a motor vehicle accident on 285 N in Smyrna - Cobb
  • Feb 26 - unknown amount of motor oil reported spilled from leaking propane trucks on Serene St in Union - Blairsville
  • Feb 17 - unknown amount of gasoline reported spilled from a partially sunken vessel in Bradley River in Thunderbolt - Chatham
  • Feb 29 - unknown amount of chemical reported spilled on the road on Doerun and Norman Park Rd in Norman Park - Colquitt
  • Feb 20 - unknown amount of septic reported spilled into a ditch deliberately by Chevron Quikfill trucks off Hwy 14 in Newborn - Newton
  • Feb 20 - 200 gallons diesel reported spilled from a logging tractor over turned in an accident on state route 52 and Ridgemont Dr in Ellijay - Gilmer - Savannah
  • Feb 5 - 100 gallons of diesel reported spilled from a tractor trailer accident on Talmadge Rd in Walthourville - Liberty - Ogeechee
  • Feb 20 - 50 gallons of hydraulic oil reported spilled on the ground from a popped line on USS Tennessee Ave in Camden - Kings Bay - Satilla
  • Feb 12 - unknown amount of car fluids reported spilled from a submerged car in a creek off McCullum Rd in Barnesville - Lamar - Flint
  • Feb 8 - unknown amount of automotive fluids reported spilled near a creek off Peach Parkway in Fort Valley - Peach
  • Feb 2 - 1000 lbs of sodium hydroxide reported spilled due to operator error at a facility off Mike Padgatt Hwy in Augusta - Richmond
  • Feb 5 - unknown amount of sewage reported spilled from an overflowing pump station on 12th Ave and F St in Thomaston - Upton
  • Feb 3 - unknown amount of sewage reported spilled from an unknown source off Winding Brook Way in Fairburn - Fulton
  • Feb 16 - resident reports severe erosion due to heavy rain and sandy soil off Capers Lane in Lizbella - Bibb
  • Feb 16 - resident reports sewage spill in front of her home on Snook Rd in Rochelle - Wilcox - City has applied lime
  • Feb 12 - vehicle crashed into a sewer pipe and ripped it open off Veterans Memorial Hwy in Lithia Springs -Douglas
  • Feb 13 - excavation company reported to be using solid waste and debris to build a dam which has caused flooding upstream on Buckeye Rd in Fort Valley - Peach
  • Feb 13 - owner of property reported to have installed own septic tanks and is causing erosion to neighboring properties on park Cove in Dawsonville - Dawson
  • Feb 5 - 100 gallons of diesel reported spilled from an overturned commercial truck on Talmadge Rd in Walthourville - Liberty - Ogeechee
  • Jan 22 - unknown amount of run off from a commercial structure fire reported on Chatham Parkway in Garden City - Chatham - Chattahoochee
  • Feb 1 - Georgia School for Innovation and Classics reported to be installing a non registered septic system on Storey Mill Rd in Hephzibah - Richmond - Savannah
  • Jan 25 - unknown amount of run off reported spilled due to 8 acres of land being cleared off Shoreland Dr in Buford - Hall - Lake Lanier impacted - Chattahoochee
  • Jan 22 - 50 gallons of diesel caused from a traffic accident on Rock Quarry Rd and Hospital Dr in Stockbridge - Henry - Rhino performing remediation and transporting to dispose of - Ocmulgee
  • Jan 22 - 50 gallons of diesel reported spilled from a rail car due to a ruptured fuel line from cold temperatures on West Ridge Rd in Gainesville - Hall - Cargill applied granular sorbent - Chattahoochee
  • Jan 22 - unknown amount of old oil reported deliberately spilled onto the ground and burried from a trucking company owner on 134 Kelly Rd in Dahlonega - Decatur - Chattahoochee
  • Jan 22 - unknown amount of oil and vehicle fluids reported spilled onto the ground from demolishing vehicles off Rainbow Dr in Murrayville - Lumpkin - Chattahoochee
  • Jan 23 - unknown amount of wastewater reported to be spilling onto city streets for over a month on North Church St in Dublin - Laurens - Oconee
  • Jan 23 - unknown amount of sewage reported spilled from an overflowed manhole into Towns Creek off Mineral Springs Rd in Jasper - Pickens - Coosa
  • Jan 23 - unknown amount of gray water reported spilled from a pipe under a home off Bells Ferry Rd in Rome - Coosa
  • Jan 16 - 50 gallons of diesel reported spilled from an overturned dump truck on East Boggs Mountain and Rabun Park Dr in Tiger - Rabun - Savannah
  • Jan 19 - 200 gallons of diesel reported spilled from a tractor trailer accident on State Route 61 E in Villa Rica - Carroll - Tallapoosa
  • Jan 11 - unknown amounts of oil and other vehicle fluids reported to be spilled down drains and on the ground at a dealership on N Glynn St in Fayetteville - Fayette - tires are also said to be disposed of improperly - Flint
  • Jan 9 - large propane tank was reported to be floating in Lake Zwerner Resivoir in Dahlonega - Lumpkin - tank has been removed and nothing has impacted water - Chattahoochee
  • Jan 5 - sewage pipe is reported to be broken at a private residence and the community is worried about the neighborhood wells on Ridge Pl in Winterville - Oglethrope
  • Jan 14 - large fire reported at a junk yard and possible chemical leaking from the vehicles there on Ogeechee Rd in Savannah - Chatham - Savannah
  • Jan 9 - unknown amount of hazardous waste D009 Mercury reported spilled from a tank overflow due to water supply being accidentally plumbed into the tank on Olympic Dr in Athens - Clarke - material was washed into the storm water pond nearby - water testing done and found the mercury level to be below drinking water standard - no remediation done - oconee
  • Jan 8 - unknown amount of raw sewage being deliberately pumped into Proctor Creek which flows into Etowah River off Valley Dr in Dawsonville - Dawson - Proctor Creek and Etowah River impacted - possible criminal violation - Coosa
  • Jan 9 - 14000 gallons of sewage reported spilled off Wesley Dr in Atlanta - Fulton - Peachtree Creek impacted - Chattahoochee
  • Jan 9 - 300 gallons wastewater reported spilled at an undisclosed address in Dalton - Whitefield - Stone Branch Creek impacted - Coosa
  • Jan 9 - 750 gallons of wastewater reported spilled into Hammond Creek off Sandy Dune Rd in Dalton - Whitfield - Hammond Creek impacted - Coosa
  • Jan 9 - 1000 gallons of wastewater reported spilled into Hammond Creek off Vista Dr in Dalton - Whitfield - Hammond Creek impacted - Coosa
  • Jan 9 - 1000 gallons of sewage reproted spilled from a rain event at an undisclosed address in Gainesville - Hall - Lake Lanier impacted - Chattahoochee
  • Jan 9 - unknown amount of sewage reported spilled into Tallapoosa River and Indian Creek for an unknown amount of time off Brick Yard Rd in Bowden - Carroll - estimated at a volume of 100 gallons per minute - Tallapoosa River and Indian Creek impacted - Tallapoosa
  • Jan 9 - unknown amount of sewage reported to be overflowing from a manhole at an undisclosed address in Griffin - Spalding
  • Jan 8 - unknown amount of oil and antifreeze reported spilled at a commercial building which is said to drain from building and leaves property during rain events in Columbus - Muscogee - Chattahoochee
  • Spill Report Notes


    Georgia Southern University Emergency Management reference information defines a hazardous spill as "an uncontrolled release of a hazardous substance" , including chemical, biological, or radiological materials.

    Hazardous spills are further described:
    • Small Spill: generally equal to or less than 55 gallons, 200 pounds, or 200 cubic feet of a gas
    • Large spill: generally greater than 55 gallons, 200 pounds, or 200 cubic. feet of a gas

    WTGA reports spills from incident files uploaded to the Georgia EPD Public Complaints portal.  Oil, diesel, gas, hazardous materials and sewage spills are posted by the date received, however these are not available to the public until the incident response is complete and the file is closed.  Each week WTGA searches thirty days back for new spill reports added to the database and lists them here by watershed area, including: 
    • Spills of petroleum products of 40 gallons or more,
    • spills of any amount impacting water
    • spills of any amount of toxic contaminants

    These incidents are listed by the watershed in which they occurred.  ­

    Spills marked with asterisk * are tracked with state and/or EPA authorities for more information.  See the CrimeBox for details on violations and charges under the Clean Water Act.

    As per EPA Oil Discharge Reporting Requirements,

    the reportable amount of spilled oil product is any amount that leaves a visible sheen on the surface, or a sludge at the bottom of the water body. 

    • Such spills are to be reported immediately (within 15 minutes)
    • 1-800-241-4113 Georgia EPD 24 hour Emergency Operations Center
    • Spills from a vessel into navigable waterways
    • National Response Center (NRC) at 1-800-424-8802
    • 24-hour emergency line staffed by US Coast Guard
    • All spills should be cleaned up, whether or not they are reportable.
    • From Georgia EPD Emergency Operations Centre, “oil” includes but is not limited to: gasoline, crude oil, fuel oil, diesel oil, lubricating oil, sludge, oil refuse, oil mixed with wastes, and any other petroleum related product.








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