Bethlehem mercury leak could be work of saboteur

"We sent a police officer out to determine whether it is a criminal matter," he said.

The original decision to remove the flow meters was the result of a consent order issued last year by the Department of Environmental Conservation after one of the outdated flow meters leaked mercury onto the floor of the water plant located in New Salem.

"We reported this incident as soon as it was discovered and immediately contacted the DEC and the Department of Health," Canslar said.

Rick Georgeson, a Region 4 DEC spokesman, told The Spotlight on Monday, June 1, that his agency was notified "within the time required," and that it is unknown how long the mercury has been there.

"We had our responders over there at the water plant and there was two to four tablespoons of mercury found on the site, which has been removed," said Georgeson. "I understand it [mercury] could have been there for quite some time."

The Albany County Department of Health and DEC continue to monitor all activities at the treatment plant and sampling continues to be conducted on a regular basis. ""

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