Feds are actively working to identify the extent of the environmental impact to the the site, south of Homedale. The long-inactive Mercury milling site was vandalized, "causing the integrity of the structures to be jeopardized," according to the BLM. As a result of the vandalism, mercury has been spilled to the soil surface. A perimeter fence is being built around the area.
"BLM is asking the public to stay way from the site due to the potential health hazard," said Carrie Wontorcik, a BLM hazardous material specialist. "We are the very beginning stages of characterizing the level and extent of contamination at and around the site."