However, some fuel made it to a storm drain and fuel was found in the Flint River, where “a fish kill has been observed,” according to Georgia EPD.
The agency said environmental restoration crews are on the Flint River using absorbent pads and barriers to contain the spread of the fuel. Vacuum trucks are also on site.
The fuel spill was reported shortly after midnight Sunday, and normal operations resumed by 3:30 p.m. Sunday, according to the airport. The cause of the fuel spill is being investigated.
The Flint River flows underneath the airport and emerges just south of the airfield, then flows to southwest Georgia.
This is far from the first spill at Hartsfield-Jackson. The airport had a sewage spill into the Flint River in January 2020, causing a water quality violation. In 2017, a problem with a fuel servicing unit caused a 1,000-gallon fuel spill.
Earlier this year, the Georgia EPD fined Hartsfield-Jackson $22,914 for 13 sewage spills at Hartsfield-Jackson over the last decade. Two of the spills killed fish and in one case, sewage overflowed onto dry land.