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Governor's Office of Emergency Services
Hazardous Material Spill Update
CONTROL#: 24-1168 NRC#
NOTIFY DATE/TIME: 02/25/2024 / 2133RECEIVED BY:
OCCURENCE DATE/TIME:
02/25/2024/1945
CITY/OP. AREA:
California City/Kern County

KERN COUNTY APCD
1.a. PERSON NOTIFYING Cal OES:
AGENCY: Kern County EnvHealth
1.b. PERSON REPORTING SPILL (If different from above):
AGENCY:
SUBSTANCE TYPE:
a. SUBSTANCE:b. QTY:
Amount
Measurec. TYPE:d. OTHER:e. PIPELINEf. VESSEL
>= 300 Tons
1.Mercury .5 Cup(s)CHEMICALNoNo
2. NoNo
3. NoNo
Orignal Description:Per the reporting party, due to human error a private citizen spilled approx half a cup of mercury into his vehicle. The citizen went to a near by car wash and vacuumed said substance. The citizen proceed to go home and possibly contaminated his home. At the time of this report it is unknown if the release is stopped and contained. Unknown who will be handling the cleanup. Caller stated they will be calling in updates.
Update(s): 02/26/2024 12:55:51 AM - Per reporting party: The vehicle has been confirmed to be contaminated with mercury. Currently, they are awaiting verification regarding whether the home has also been affected. Out of the 8 individuals involved, 7 have been cleared, while one individual required decontamination. Lumex results are still pending, and they are awaiting further information.









; 02/26/2024 04:03:36 AM - Per Reporting Party: Mercury was discovered to be above threshold at the house so the house has been red tagged. Beads of mercury were identified within the vacuum of the car wash and to be above threshold (see confidential for address). It was also identified that the vehicle had beads of mercury within the vehicle which is located inside at a bus stop (see confidential for address). The new point of contact for this incident is California City Fire Department and they have reached out to a contractor to handle the clean up for the incident.

PERSON NOTIFYING Cal OES OF SPILL UPDATE:
NAME:
AGENCY:
PHONE#:
Ext:
PAG/CELL:
Kern County Environmental Health
UPDATE QUANTITY
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    Measure
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    Cup(s)
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UPDATE KNOWN IMPACT:

None



UPDATE CAUSE:

Human Error
SITUATION UPDATE:
Per Reporting Party: Mercury was discovered to be above threshold at the house so the house has been red tagged. Beads of mercury were identified within the vacuum of the car wash and to be above threshold (see confidential for address). It was also identified that the vehicle had beads of mercury within the vehicle which is located inside at a bus stop (see confidential for address). The new point of contact for this incident is California City Fire Department and they have reached out to a contractor to handle the clean up for the incident.
Link to Spill Report: http://w3.calema.ca.gov/operational/malhaz.nsf/SpillAllDocs/4BB49152191B38B088258ACF001E9328?OpenDocument
FAX NOTIFICATION LIST:
AA/CUPA, DTSC, RWQCB, US EPA, USFWS, CDPH-D.O., Co/WP, Co/Hlth, Co/E-Hlth
ADMINISTERING AGENCY:California City Fire Department
SECONDARY AGENCY: Kern Co. Environmental Health Services Department
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OTHER NOTIFIED:
RWQCB Unit:6B
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Created by: Warning Center on: 02/26/2024 04:03:36 AM Last Modified by: Warning Center on: 02/26/2024 04:22:40 AM
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