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Hazmat team responds to Erwin mercury spill


ERWIN TOWNSHIP — Members of the Upper Peninsula Regional Hazardous Materials Team responded to a reported mercury spill in Erwin Township Wednesday.

Shortly before 3:30 p.m., a township resident was cleaning a basement when a glass bottle of mercury was knocked over, breaking it and spilling the mercury, according to a release from the Ironwood Public Safety Department.

The homeowner evacuated the house and called 911.

The responding hazardous material team recovered approximately three ounces of mercury, along with several contaminated items.

The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department...

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