Coppell USPS Facility Reopens After Mercury Spill

Austin York
August 13, 2018 - 12:39 pm
USPS Distribution Center

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COPPELL (KRLD) - A major North Texas postal distribution hub is back open, after a hazardous materials spill. 

The distribution center in Coppell was closed most of last week, after a package containing four-gallons of mercury leaked. A spokesman says the facility was cleaned out by a hazmat crew, but they wanted to make sure it was safe for employees and customers to return before re-opening. 

The U-S postal service website says it's illegal to send anything with more than a trace amount of mercury through the mail. 

There had been reported delays and disruptions in mail deliveries, but a statement from the USPS says employees are working around the clock to restore normal service. 

All the workers at the center were temporarily assigned to other locations and the spokesman says all the mail is safe.​

The postal service says nobody was injured or suffered serious exposure in the accident. The Postal Inspector's office is investigating, to determine whether criminal charges should be filed in the case. ​

The postal service had been closed since Tuesday, Aug. 7, following the receipt of an improperly mailed package containing mercury.