Butler Road Mercury Spill

Hopkinsville, KY - Region IV

Site Contact:

Benjamin Franco
FOSC

franco.benjamin@epa.gov

3915 Butler Rd
Hopkinsville, KY 42240
response.epa.gov/butlerroadmercury

Latitude: 36.8785278
Longitude: -87.4346111
NRC#: 945234

OSC Art Smith and OSC Ben Franco were mobilized at the request of the KDEP to respond to a release of fifteen pounds of elemental mercury at a rural location along Butler Road in Hopkinsville, Christian County, Kentucky. The mercury had been stored in a barn. When the owner passed away, a person hired to clean out the barn accidentally spilled the mercury onto the lawn and not knowing the hazards it presented, tracked it into his home and his vehicle, at a location approximately 9 miles away along Madisonville Road, north of Hopkinsville.

EPA retained CMC, Inc. and Tetra Tech EMI to assist with investigation and clenup of the mercury release.


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