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No Evidence of Mercury in Adjacent Buildings Following Spill on Campus Saturday PDF Print E-mail
Monday, December 07, 2009
Contact David Tisdale, 601.266.4499   

An inspection of buildings near a mercury spill Saturday on The University of Southern Mississippi campus, which included Johnson Science Tower, Chain Technology Building, the Thad Cochran Center and Walker Science Building revealed that the substance was not tracked inside those facilities.

It is believed the mercury was accidentally spilled on Forrest Avenue between Walker Science Building and Johnson Science Tower in transport between buildings sometime around noon Saturday. Upon its discovery, University Police Department and Emergency Management officials immediately secured the area to prevent potential harm to individuals. The substance was recovered later that day by a hazardous materials team from Jackson, and transported away from campus for proper disposal.

Exposure to excessive amounts of mercury can be toxic to humans. The amount spilled at the site, estimated to be about two ounces, was considered potentially dangerous.

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