August 18, 2016
As you may have heard, there was an issue at our Apollo Technologies facility last week.
Approximately 2,300 gallons of carburetor cleaner was leaked into a nearby creek. The leak was stopped within hours of discovery. As soon as we learned of the issue, we notified the Cobb County Department of Fire and Emergency Services, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division and environmental consultant Environmental Products and Services of Vermont, Georgia Division, which has extensive experience in this type of clean-up.
There are no concerns about drinking water or air quality, according to the Georgia Environmental Protection Division. We hired Environmental International Corporation to continue monitoring air and water quality as the cleanup progresses. If you have any concerns about the quality of air, please contact us and we will set up an air monitor at your home.
Our employees live and work in and around the community. We understand your concerns and are working as quickly as possible to clean up the area and ensure something like this never happens again.
Here is an update on our progress so far:
- Crews from the Department of Natural Resources, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division and the Cobb County Fire Department responded quickly to dam the creek.
- The clean-up effort involved six vacuum tankers and a crew of more than 10 people to pump out the creek water. We have already collected more than 500,000 gallons of creek water.
- It appears that the leak was caused by a gasket failure on a mixing tank and a related failure of the room’s spill retention system. The tank has been taken out of service and will no longer be used for any purpose.
Your safety and the safety of our employees is our top priority. We understand your frustration and regret the situation. We will continue to clean up the area, share updates on our website at apolloind.com, investigate factors that contributed to the leak, and strengthen our safety procedures to ensure that this never happens again.
Thank you for your patience throughout this process. Some frequently asked questions are included on the back of this page. Please feel free to contact us (800-533-3548) with any additional questions.
Geoff Ladue, Chief Operating Officer
PLZ Aeroscience, parent company of Apollo Technologies
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What happened?
Approximately 2,300 gallons of carburetor cleaner leaked into a creek next to Apollo Technologies on the morning of August 13.
Q: What caused the leak and how did it escape the building?
Our investigation is ongoing, though it appears that the leak was caused by a gasket failure on a mixing tank, coupled with a breakdown in the room’s spill retention system.
Q: What area was impacted by the leak?
The leak impacted the creek and creek banks from Apollo Technologies’ plant at 1850 S. Cobb Industrial Blvd. to the temporary dam installed by the cleanup crews at Highlands Parkway.
Q: Is my air and drinking water safe?
Yes. The Georgia Environmental Protection Division confirms that there are no concerns about air quality or drinking water.
We have also hired Environmental International Corporation to continue monitoring air quality and collect creek water samples.
Q: What are you doing to clean it up?
As soon as we learned of the issue, crews from the Department of Natural Resources, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division and the Cobb County Department of Fire and Emergency Services set up a dam on the creek. As cleanup continues, we are cooperating and working closely with all agencies involved.
Crews from Environmental Products and Services of Vermont, Georgia Division, then began a full-scale cleanup effort involving six vacuum tankers and a crew of more than 10 people to pump out the creek water, already collecting more than 500,000 gallons of creek water for further remediation.
Q: What are you doing to make sure this never happens again?
· The tank has been taken out of service and will no longer be used for any purpose.
· We are currently conducting an in-depth investigation of the incident, including interviews with all employees.
· We emptied all of our mixing tanks on Tuesday, August 16. Professional engineers will inspect each of our tanks for integrity and safety.
· We hired a professional engineering firm, Washington Engineering and Architecture, to evaluate the mixing room.
· We are reviewing ways we can strengthen our safety measures and are already beginning to implement these enhancements.
Please contact (800) 533-3548 with questions. Visit apolloind.com for more information. Thank you.