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Businesses Won't Be Cited For Durham Mercury Spill

Posted July 19, 2006 9:44 a.m. EDT
Updated December 31, 2006 10:44 a.m. EST

— Two businesses involved in Durham's recent mercury spill won't be cited by the Department of Labor.

Investigators arrested Carlos Guerra and charged him with misdemeanor larceny. Guerra is accused of stealing the mercury from TT&E Scrap Yard in Garner while working for Carroll Services.

Investigators said he gave the chemical to four children at a Durham church, who then took it to Oak Grove Elementary School.

The Department of Labor said because the material was normally locked away and no other employees were exposed, no charges could be filed against the companies.

Crews with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency spent several days decontaminating the school, which tested positive for minimal levels of mercury. Cleanup for the mercury scare will cost Durham Public Schools over $70,000.