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Lewiston Hg Spill

Site Contact:
Eric Vanderboom


Site Location:
Lewiston, ID 83501
NRC#: 1387855

On the afternoon of December 29, 2023, the Idaho Communications Center called to report a release of approximately 3 pounds of mercury due to a fire that occurred on December 25, 2023.  On that date a fire occurred at a residential structure in Lewiston, Idaho.  During additional investigation today into the fire, a spill of elemental mercury was discovered.  The property owner indicated he had a large glass container on a work bench in an area that was consumed by the fire. The remaining structure is open to the environment with several residences, and businesses located nearby. 


Lewiston Fire Department responded to the initial structure fire. Idaho Communications Center and Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (IDEQ) have requested EPA assistance.