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Mercury found in Camp Lejeune water plant pipe

CAMP LEJEUENE, NC (AP) — Camp Lejeune has shut down one of its water treatment plants after mercury was found in a pipe in the facility.

Lejeune spokesman Nat Fahy said elemental mercury was found Saturday in the pipe at Hadnot Point Water Treatment Plant during maintenance. He said Friday that tests conducted after the discovery showed none of the elemental mercury in the water.

The plant will stay offline until repairs are finished.

Fahy didn’t respond immediately to questions about how much mercury was discovered and what was its source. Water pressure meters containing elemental mercury were removed from the plant in the 1980s.

Elemental mercury is found in thermometers, fluorescent bulbs, dental amalgam fillings, and other items. The Environmental Protection Agency says it’s generally not found in elevated levels in drinking water.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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