EPA Investigates Toxic Mercury Spills

From Times Wire Reports

Investigators are looking into what caused two toxic mercury spills in as many months in a residential neighborhood.

Crews from the federal Environmental Protection Agency cleaned up most of the latest spill by Thursday, a day after residents were warned to stay indoors after the discovery of thousands of tiny mercury beads in a street gutter.

EPA officials said the danger of exposure has been eliminated.

A similar spill involving a similar amount of mercury -- less than a cup total -- was reported on Nov. 7 in an area one block away.