2013-07-25 / Front Page

Police report spill

Mercury discovered behind business

MANISTIQUE – Police continue to investigate a mercury spill in downtown Manistique. The spill was identified Monday evening and confirmed at approximately 4 p.m. on Tuesday.

According to a press release from Manistique Public Safety, officers responded to a call for a suspected mercury spill behind a building owned by Richard Ketcik of Manistique. Ketcik contacted public safety after an employee of a tenant business contacted him regarding a suspicious liquid in the common entrance for the business and upstairs apartment located on Cedar Street.

The area was immediately closed off and the Department of Public Works constructed a containment berm around the suspect liquid.

On Tuesday, the LMAS District Health Department arranged for analytical equipment to be brought to the site and positively identify the spill as mercury.

No injuries were reported and police and health officials do not believe any additional risk is currently posed to the public.

Assisting agencies in the response, as well as the testing included: the Schoolcraft County Emergency Management team, the Michigan Department of Environmental

Quality and the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

A private firm has been contracted by the owner of the building for the clean up.

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