Boise Fire, Idaho DEQ, H2O (contractor to EPA) and US EPA continue to mitigate and clean up a mercury spill that occurred Monday at Orchard and Gage. On location there is approximately five to ten pounds of mercury that requires containment and proper disposal. The mercury at that location is contained to the contents and vehicle. There is no public risk during this mitigation and cleanup effort. The public should know that mercury is considered a hazardous material and has long term health effects to humans and pets if exposed. Because mercury is hazardous to humans the personnel on location are in appropriate protective clothing to ensure their safety as they handle the contaminated contents and vehicle. The EPA and Boise Fire are working closely with the vehicle owner as the cleanup continues. Cleanup will likely continue throughout the day today and potentially tomorrow morning.
Previously released on December 17: On December 17, at 10:30 a.m., Boise Fire Department responded to a mercury spill at First Nation Pawn at 919 North Orchard Street. At least one person on site tried to assist with cleaning up the mercury prior to our arrival. If anyone was at this business at approximately 10:30 this morning you’re asked to call non-emergency dispatch (208-377-6790) so we can determine if you have been exposed to mercury. The business is currently closed for cleanup.