Mercury-contaminated house may be demolished

By: Mystic Matthews Email
By: Mystic Matthews Email

COLBERT, Okla.- New details have emerged on a house in Colbert that is still contaminated with mercury. The house is no longer under surveillance, but is still dangerous.

Tony Winnett is the man who was using the mercury to extract gold. Winnet's funeral was Wednesday.

The Environmental Protection Agency has spent close to $50,000 testing and cleaning up the home. They've removed almost everything, except sheetrock and cabinets.

EPA officials say as long as the house stays ventilated, the mercury levels are fine. But as soon as they close up the house, the levels rise.

So the health department, along with the Department of Environmental Quality is now involved, as well as the District Attorney's office.

The DA will have to get the house turned over to the county before it can be demolished.

Neighbors in the area say they believe that's the best thing to do. “They need to get rid of it if they can't get it out of it. Haul it out of here. I got health problems as it is, breathing problems, I don't need mercury flying around."

And it's no coincidence that some are working on a mercury collection event in order to help people dispose of the dangerous element -- no questions asked.

We'll keep you updated as to when that is scheduled to happen.

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