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Hatch Street Mercury Release

Site Contact:
Daniel Burgo
On-Scene Coordinator


Site Location:
New Britain, CT 06053
NRC#: 1344964

The site is located on Hatch Street in New Britain, Connecticut (the site). An estimated 8 fluid ounces of elemental mercury was released from a container within a private home. Elemental or metallic mercury is a shiny, silver-white metal, historically referred to as quicksilver, and is liquid at room temperature.


On August 8, the CT Department of Environmental Protection (CT DEEP) was alerted to a possible mercury release by an area hospital after two children were admitted with symptoms similar to that of mercury poisoning. CT DEEP determined that mercury was released in a private home. The owners of the property were relocated with assistance from the local town to a hotel. On August 19, CT DEEP requested assistance from the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to provide long term housing for the owners, cleanup the spilled mercury, and trace and cleanup areas off-site where the mercury may have spread.



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