Mercury contamination cleaned up in Durango

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) Most Durango locations that were closed or evacuated for dangerous mercury levels last week are now open after the Environmental Protection Agency and a restoration crew from Salt Lake City performed cleanup and repeated evaluations over the weekend.

The Durango Transit Center, Durango Public Library, Durango Community Shelter, Town Plaza Coin Laundry and Manna Soup Kitchen have reopened. The Detox center of La Plata County remains closed.

Durango Police Department Lt. Ray Shupe tells the Durango Herald that Daniel Plumber is facing charges of criminal mischief and reckless public endangerment.

Mercury can be poisonous if it becomes a vapor and is inhaled. Authorities say the mercury leaked from containers in a backpack belonging to Plumber. Several people had to be decontaminated.


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