Ground contamination behind a La Vergne business is being investigated by environmental officials.
A La Vergne police officer investigating a suspicious individual loading 55 gallon barrels into the back of a pick-up truck Friday morning, Feb. 25 noticed a strong odor at 162 Jefferson Pike, former location of Pipe Dreams Inc.
Suspicious of a hazardous materials spill, the officer contacted the city's fire department which dispatched the Haz-Mat team to the scene They discovered hazardous products possibly including Acetone - had been released onto the ground.
According to RCEMA Assistant Director Tim Hooker, "At this time there is no immediate hazard to the public, but citizens should not enter the area until abatement is complete."
The Rutherford County Emergency Management Agency (RCEMA) was called and initially determined flammable liquids were present directly behind the business and extending about 40 yards to the side of the railroad tracks.
An environmental service company and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation‚s solid waste division are sampling the soil to determine the type of contaminate and scope of the potential impact.
"Anytime the ground is contaminated, the state will be involved," said Emergency Services Coordinator Ricky McCormick. "Environmental services will be on and off the site for the next several days to begin remediation."
CSX Railroad has been notified of the spill, which reached their tracks.