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Roberts Street Mercury Release

The owner of a home at 43 Robert St. in Taunton notified EPA on April 23, 2014 that elemental mercury was on the dirt floor inside a shed on her property about 100 feet from her house. The Mass. Dept. of Environmental Protection (MADEP) found mercury in a small pail and on the dirt floor of a shed. MADEP requested EPA technical assistance. A site inspection on April 24 confirmed that beads of mercury were present in the shed. Six soil samples were collected and delivered to EPA’s New England Regional Laboratory for analysis. EPA recommended the homeowner not use two bikes stored and not enter the shed for the time being due to elevated readings. A full analysis was postponed until the mercury source material was removed. The week of April 25, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) confirmed concentrations of mercury in air samples were below a level of concern, and the house was safe to occupy and the bicycles were safe to use. ATSDR’s report confirmed that the first and second levels of the shed were safe, but the lowest level, where the mercury was located, was not acceptable for occupancy. The waste remains on site and the pail is temporarily secured in a 5-gallon bucket pending a decision by the homeowner’s insurance company if the situation is covered by the policy. If not covered, EPA will arrange for disposal, which is expected to be completed in less than one week once initiated.

Location: 43 Robert St., Taunton, Mass.
EPA Mobilization Date*: April 25, 2014
EPA Demobilization Date*: April 25, 2014
Contact: Claudia Deane (deane.claudia@epa.gov)

*The information contained on this website is merely informational; any dates found on the website cannot be relied upon to create any rights, substantive or procedural, enforceable by any party in litigation with the United States. EPA reserves the right to change such dates at any time without public notice.

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