Downtown Norfolk USPS reopens after mercury spill

Posted at 11:46 AM, Aug 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-28 10:27:59-04

NORFOLK, Va. - The United States Postal Service previously closed its Norfolk location on 600 Church Street because of a mercury spill.

Officials told News 3 the spill happened over the weekend.  The office reopened at 5 p.m. Monday.

People could mail items that are already stamped and ready to go, according to officials at the USPS location on Church Street.

Limited retail services was offered through the USPS Retail Van that will be parked in front of the Norfolk Main Post Office.

The Norfolk P&DC provided the following statement in regards to the incident:

The Postal Service’s first priority is to ensure the safety and well-being of all employees. Out of an abundance of caution, the Postal Service closed the Norfolk P&DC Saturday due to a mercury spill that was limited to a small area of the facility. Professional environmental contractors have been on site to determine the extent of the spill and conduct cleanup operations and verify that no health risk exists after the cleanup.  We anticipate the facility will reopen today.

Incoming mail destined for Norfolk was processed at other facilities this weekend. We expect some possible mail deliveries delays today and the return to normal operations beginning tomorrow. We appreciated customers’ patience and understanding and are grateful no harm has come to any employees during this incident.