On 12/15/2009, FLDEP and EPA Florida Outpost OSC Russell conducted an assessment at 740 Lexington Ave, Pensacola, Florida, based on a report of mercury in a shed of a residential neighborhood. The assessment confirmed that five10-pound containers of mercury were improperly stored in a shed at a private residence within a heavily populated neighborhood. One of the containers was found to be leaking and free mercury was on the ground. OSC Russell determined that immediate removal activities were necessary to prevent further migration ahead of inclement weather, and response contractors were needed on-scene immediately. A notice-to-proceed was issued to SWS of Pensacola who will begin removal operations under direction of OSC Russell.
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