Updated Thursday, 5:45 p.m.
U.S. Postal Service officials said mail operations are back to normal as of Thursday, after last week’s mercury spill halted operations at the distribution center in Coppell.
“Everything I'm hearing is that we are back on track and operations are running normal,” said Albert Ruiz, USPS spokesman.
Updated 12:15 p.m.
USPS officials are still investigating what led the Mercury spill that occurred at the distribution center in Coppell on Aug. 7. The Irving Fire Department responded to the incident and brought in Hazmat teams to help clean the spill and help employees safely evacuate. Jack Taylor Irving fire assistant chief said he doesn't know the exact amount of Mercury that leaked, but he believes it was at least a few ounces.
It is still unknown who mailed the package.
"Anyone mailing injurious or hazardous materials could face civil or criminal penalties. In the past, the US Attorney has charged Title 18, United States Code, Section 1716, which carries a variety of penalties," said Sean Smith, U.S. postal inspector said in a statement.
Tuesday, 4 p.m.
Wait and see. This is the mode U.S. Postal Service officials said they're in as of Tuesday as mail service slowly moves back to normal, after last week’s mercury spill halted operations at the distribution center in Coppell.
On Aug. 7, USPS officials said a mailed packaged containing mercury had spilled, causing the center to temporarily shut down. The spill was contained, but mail was diverted to other distribution centers in the Dallas/Fort Worth area as a precaution. Officials said the center has resumed operations as of Monday.
Many communities were affected by the standstill and waited days to receive their mail. Some residents and businesses are starting to get their mail as of Tuesday, but some have said the amount of mail they are getting is significantly less than what they normally receive. Postal officials said mail is being worked, but that it will take a while to get everything back to normal.
Officials from cities that have felt the impact of the incident are doing the best they can until operations fully resume. The town of Flower Mound, for example, has waived late fees on their utility payments until the matter is resolved.
The city of Mesquite Utilities uses the postmark date on the mailed payment. As long as the postmark was before the due date, any penalty would be waived and the postmark honored.
The city of Coppell officials said they will contact customers before applying penalties or cutting off service for non-payment during the month of August.