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Bethlehem calls off criminal probe of mercury spilll

Furthermore, Fish also said mercury-tainted sludge was routinely "hosed down" past the plant's clear well and into a "sludge pit." The clear well contains treated water that is pumped directly into the town's water system; the sludge pit is where the most recent mercury was found this May.

Cunningham maintained there was no wrongdoing on the town's part in Fish's termination, but acknowledged the recent troubles at the water plant are part of the consideration in the town is looking in building a more modern facility at the site.

"Over the years there were incidents that were not cleaned up properly," he said. "The plant has reached its useful life and with the new EPA standards set for 2012, it may be more cost effective to build a new facility."

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