Monday morning commuters encountered a wide splash of beef byproduct after an FPL Food vendor dumped the waste on Deans Bridge Road.
The truck was en route Monday to the Augusta Landfill near Blythe when it “experienced a waste spill” that caused the closure of three lanes near the intersection of Barton Chapel Road, city spokesman Jim Beasley said.
Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, Environmental Services and Augusta Utilities came in to assist, and the freshly resurfaced roadway was cleaned, Beasley said. Georgia Department of Transportation will help monitor the transport of materials to prevent further incidents, he added.
Georgia Environmental Protection Division also responded, program manager Ted Staak said. The incident likely falls under state laws requiring truckers properly secure their loads, while imposing any additional penalties would require further discussion, he said.
There was evidence of a smaller prior spill at the site, Staak said.
Savannah Riverkeeper Executive Director Tonya Bonitatibus said she observed the spill returning from taking her children to school and that the responsible truck had left the scene. She observed a similar spill Friday that left bone fragments, hooves and other parts on the road that wasn’t cleaned, Bonitatibus said.
An official statement from FPL said the company is “disappointed by this incident,” which involved a third-party vendor transporting rendering materials. FPL is investigating and will compensate state and local workers for cleanup costs.
FPL operates its corporate headquarters at the former Shapiro meat processing facility on New Savannah Road. In a 2011 release the state of Georgia announced the addition of 100 jobs in an expansion, bringing the plant total to 900.
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