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Helena Mercury Release

Site Contact:
Martin McComb
On-Scene Coordinator


Site Location:
Helena, MT 59601

Safety Message


  • The bathhouse and garage have both been cleared for use.
  • Two roll-offs are still occupying the south end of the parking lot.

Site Description

   On May 30, 2024, an employee picked up an unlabeled bottle while cleaning out a detached garage at a yoga retreat center. The bottle was heavier than expected and slipped from his hand. The bottle hit a work bench and shattered, which resulted in a reported 500mL of mercury being released to the garage. The employee left the garage, bagged their contaminated clothing just outside the door, walked to a nearby bathhouse and rinsed themselves in a shower. Staff at the retreat center closed and isolated the garage before calling the National Response Center.

   An EPA response team arrived at the yoga retreat center on May 31, 2024 and initiated a response effort. The team demobilized on June 10, 2024.