Mercury spill suspends operations at Coppell, Texas USPS distribution center

August 9, 2018

United States Postal Service (USPS) officials said a mercury spill from a mailed package has suspended operations at its USPS North Texas Processing and Distribution center in Coppell.

“The postal service immediately implemented its established emergency preparedness procedures for such an event, which includes working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,” said Albert Ruiz, USPS strategic communications specialist for the Dallas and Oklahoma districts. “The hazardous material (mercury) was contained, and all employees are safe.

Ruiz said mail processing and delivery operations are continuing in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, and postal management has implemented contingency plans to ensure the efficient and timely handling of all mail and packages.

While operations are suspended, the facility’s employees have been temporarily assigned to various nearby work locations and mail is being redirected to other processing facilities. USPS officials said the mail service is working to minimize any service disruptions to customers. There may be some temporary delays during this time.

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