The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation referred the Site to the removal program in order to conduct a removal site evaluation. OSC Garrard traveled to the Site and upon arrival noted numerous 55-gallon drums outside the fence. Some of the drums were in poor condition, consisting of deteriorating steel, missing bungs, and/or large holes cut into them. A total of fifteen drums were reported. One of the open-top drums appeared to contain some type of petroleum product within 20 feet of a nearby creek. In addition, OSC Garrard noted breaches in the fence which would allow trespassers to easily enter the facility. Based on these observations and the recent severe weather, OSC Garrard determined the Site was unsecure and called the Region 4 phone duty officer OSC Rick Jardine to initiate an emergency response.
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