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Archive for September, 2012

License plate scanning coming soon to Wrightsville Beach

Friday, September 21st, 2012

Officers plan to use the equipment to run the plates of those who cross the bridge into Wrightsville Beach. The software will let officers know if the person driving the car is a known felon or if there are warrants out for that person's arrest.

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People celebrate International Day of Peace

Friday, September 21st, 2012

"Join hands," sang a dozen people gathered Friday morning at Riverfront Park. "Start a love train."

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Mercury found in Camp Lejeune water plant pipe

Friday, September 21st, 2012

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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CHARGED: Man arrested for burglary and larceny

Friday, September 21st, 2012

Officials have arrested a young man from Leland who is accused of burglary.

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Lejeune water treatment plant offline as mercury investigation continues

Friday, September 21st, 2012

CAMP LEJEUNE, NC (WWAY) — The Hadnot Point Water Treatment Plant aboard Camp Lejeune is shut down following the discovery of a silvery substance later determined to be non-soluble, elemental mercury in a pipe within the facility, which had been taken offline for routine maintenance Saturday.

According to a new release from the Marine Corps base, tests conducted after the discovery showed no mercury detected in the water supply. Additionally, in accordance with federal and state regulations the drinking water aboard Camp Lejeune is tested every three years for mercury, most recently in May 2012. None of these tests have detected mercury.

Hadnot Point WTP will continue to stay offline until all investigations and repairs have been completed. The base says the appropriate federal and state agencies have been informed. Areas normally serviced by the Hadnot Point WTP are currently being supplied by the Holcomb Boulevard WTP. These include the Hadnot Point Industrial Area, Hospital Point, French Creek, and Courthouse Bay.

Camp Lejeune says decades ago, the water treatment industry used water pressure meters that contained elemental mercury (not to be confused with the more widely-known organic mercury associated with fish). These meters were removed from the WTP in the 1980s.

The Marine Corps says drinking water at Camp Lejeune continues to meet all government drinking water standards and is tested more often than required. For Camp Lejeune’s annual water quality reports, please see: http://www.lejeune.usmc.mil/emd/reports/annualreports.htm.

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