Eastern Idaho Mercury Spill Triggers State, Federal Response 



A Feb. 4 mercury spill at an eastern Idaho medical facility resulted in the evacuation of the Pocatello building and $50,000 in damages.

When city of Pocatello fire crews arrived on the scene, they verified mercury had spilled when a blood pressure measurement device broke in a lab. That triggered a response from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, and state and local health agencies. All personnel at the Southeast Idaho Gastroenterology Center were tested for possible exposure, while clothing and other items were collected for cleaning of disposal.

KIDK-TV reports an employee had tried to clean up the spill but contacted local Poison Control about the incident, resulting in the multi-agency response.

Meanwhile, the Idaho State Journal reports Thursday's incident was the second haz-mat response in Pocatello in less than a week. On Jan. 30, a train derailment triggered a 3,500-gallon diesel fuel leak at the Pocatello rail yards.
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