EPA still cleaning up mercury on school grounds, homes in Snyder

Snyder _ The environmental protection agency is still working to clean up mercury from two homes in Snyder and from the school grounds.

The mercury was first found around the bleachers at the Snyder High School football stadium on September 25th.  An investigation later found the mercury came from the home of a child who - with other children - had taken the substance into their homes.

The EPA says the homes are being vented and personal belongings that are contaminated with mercury vapor are being removed.  High school band uniforms are also being tested for contamination because band members were sitting in the bleachers near where the mercury was found. Some uniforms have been destroyed.

An estimated 3 to 4 pounds of mercury has been removed from the school grounds. One pound of mercury is about the size of two tablespoons.

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