Cleanup to start at Albany County mercury facility Superfund cleanup site

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COLONIE, New York — The Environmental Protection Agency says the second phase of cleanup work is starting this week at a former mercury reclamation facility in Albany County.

Total cost of cleaning up the Mercury Refining site in the towns of Colonie and Guilderland is estimated at $9.3 million.

Exposure to mercury can damage the brain, heart, kidneys, lungs and immune system. Mercury in soil and sediment can also impact fish and other wildlife.

The first phase of the cleanup was conducted last year to remove contaminated surface soil and sediment at the facility. This summer's work will target deeper contaminated soil and ground water. The work is estimated to take three months.

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