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$120 million water plant to capture Y-12 mercury

May 4th, 2013 3:20 pm by Bob Fowler

$120 million water plant to capture Y-12 mercury

OAK RIDGE — A water treatment plant in the heart of a nuclear weapons complex is the cornerstone of a new strategy to keep the toxic element mercury from seeping into a creek that flows through Oak Ridge.

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander joined federal and state officials Friday in announcing plans to build the $120 million plant to filter mercury-contaminated water at the Y-12 National Security Complex.

Mercury, linked to brain and nervous system damage, especially in unborn children, was used during the Cold War in the production of thermonuclear weapons.

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