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Officials Interviewing Waste Water Plant Employees After Mercury Spill

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EAST LANSING, MI (WLNS) - East Lansing officials are investigating the city's waste-water plant after they discovered there was a mercury leak back in November that plant officials never reported.

6 News Joe Khalil has been following the story since it broke.

Joe: There are 16 employees at the waste-water management plant. We're told at some point, as a part of this investigation all of them will be interviewed about the incident back in November, that mercury leak.

We're told they all have the option if they so choose to be tested for mercury, if any of them believe they may have been exposed to it. I spoke with the public works director here in East Lansing, he told me they will continue to be diligent. He says they will leave no stone unturned. He says he's even asked the manager of the plant not to be at work while he's conducting those interviews. He says he wants to be as thorough as possible and get to the bottom of just why that mercury spill back in November was never reported.

"She's still responsible for the plant. If an emergency were to come up she's still in charge here. So, until the investigation is complete we're not going to take any action," said Todd Sneathen, Director of Public Works, East Lansing.

Joe: "So the city's simply asked her not to be here while you're doing the interviews?"

"We've asked her not to report to the plant, that's correct," said Sneathen.

He didn't give any details as to what came out of those interviews with employees.

That is part of the investigation and as it progresses we'll continue to follow it and make sure we update everyone with the latest information as soon as it becomes available.

City officials say multiple people were aware of the spill and even though they haven't taken any disciplinary action yet they haven't ruled it out.

Officials at the Ingham County Health Department say they haven't confirmed any reports of workers becoming sick as a result of mercury.

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