Teams cleaning mercury spill on University Boulevard

25 09 2008

By Stephanie Taylor | TuscaloosaNews.com

Crews from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Alabama Department of Environmental Management are testing for mercury that was apparently spilled around the S.T. Bunn Construction office on University Boulevard.  Authorities still aren’t sure where the mercury came from.

About a pound of the toxic metal has been located on sidewalks and the grass around the business, said Karen Buerki, environmental engineer with the Environmental Protection Agency, Region 4.

S.T. Bunn has hired TTL Inc. to consult and contract another company to perform the clean-up, which Buerki said could take as long as 10 days.

“Right now, we’re trying to delineate the extent of the contamination,” she said.

EPA and ADEM testers were wearing protective footwear and using a mercury vapor analyzer to locate the tiny beads of silvery mercury on the grounds and possibly inside the business.

Buerki said that the mercury could have been tracked elsewhere. Anyone who sees mercury should call the Tuscaloosa County Health Department at               205-345-4131       .

Employees were still inside the business, at the intersection of University and 19th Avenue, Wednesday afternoon.

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