Vandals cause oil spill at Coats American building

Rossville, GA – Vandals caused an oil spill that prompted a hazmat response at the Coats American building on Maple Street in Rossville.

A resident noticed an oily sheen and notified a Rossville police officer, who traced the source to the Coats building.

Emergency crews responded around 7:15 p.m. and discovered a transformer inside the building had been vandalized. The transformer was labeled PCB. A transformer of this size holds approximately 55 gallons of oil.

Walker County notified Georgia EPD and their counterpart in Tennessee. SRT Environmental was brought in to contain the spill. Chattanooga Hazmat also responded and confirmed the presence of PCB in the oil.

Anyone who has seen someone entering this building recently should contact the Rossville Police Department or Walker County Sheriff’s Office. A criminal investigation is underway.

Maple Street at McFarland Avenue, Williams Street and Flegal Avenue is closed at this time.

This building was donated to Walker County in 2007.

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