JACKSON STATE UNIVERSITY MERCURY RELEASE

Jackson, MS - Region IV

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Dean Ullock
On-Scene Coordinator

ullock.dean@epa.gov

Jackson, MS
response.epa.gov/jacksonstunivhgrelease



NRC#: 753315

On March 21, 2005 a small amount (2oz.) of Mercury was accidentally release from a weather barometer within a Jackson State University (Jackson, MS) meterorological laboratory. A University Professor was demonstrating a measurement with the barometer when it was accidently over-pressurized thus causing the release of Hg onto the lab floor.

A quick reponse by the University's IH prevented the spreading of vapors and elemental mercury.

The Jackson State University system has a contract in place with a local clean up contractor. The contractor arrived quickly to the University and began the process of remediation.

The MSDEQ requested assistance from the ERRB to conduct LUMEX air monitoring and confirmation sampling.

The laboratory has been cleaned and is now ready for reoccupation. No further action anticipated.




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