Flint River Sheen

Atlanta, GA - Region IV

On July 17,2006, a light sheen was reported at the headwaters of the Flint River on the Hartsfield Intenational Airport property. The sheen appeared approximately 12 hours after 50,000 gallons of jet fuel overflowed a tanks into secondary containment at a Delta Airlines Tank Farm. Delta Airlines reported that no oil escaped the secondary containment system and recovery was underway. As a precautionary meausure, Delta deployed boom on the culvert that serves as the headwater of the Flint. When a sheen appeared, Delta constructed an underflow dam. OSC David Dorian was dispatched to determine the source of the sheen and Delta's activation of it's Federal Response Plan (FRP). OSC Dorian confirmed that the tank overflow did not escape secondary containment and identified a hydraulic oil spill on the road at the Airport's General Aviation Services Maintenance shop, which is a plausible source of the sheen. GA EPD has assumed the lead for the spill at the maintenance shop and will ensure corrective actions are taken. The sheen was no longer visible when OSC Dorian demobilized on the evening of July 17.


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