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Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune shuts down water treatment plant after mercury discovery

September 25, 2012
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CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — About seven pounds of mercury was discovered in a water pipe at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, prompting officials to shut down one of the base’s water treatment plants, reported.

Lejeune spokesman Nat Fahy said that tests conducted after the discovery showed none of the mercury in the water, but the plant will stay offline until repairs are made.

Water pressure meters containing elemental mercury were removed from the plant in the 1980s and replaced with digital meters.

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